Unique bamboo cladding for the parking garage of the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital, Slotervaart Medical Centre and Sanquin Blood Bank in Amsterdam.
The impressive bamboo parking garage at the Slotervaart Medical Centre in Amsterdam is the second of its kind, but the largest we have built so far. The parking garage has a total of 5 floors, a total surface area of 3200 m² and currently offers parking space for almost 1200 cars.
Architectural office de Jong Gortemaker Algra is responsible for the design of the bamboo cladding for the parking garage in Amsterdam. The fan-shaped positioning of the bamboo poles creates a dynamic look, making the façade appear transparent one moment and closed the next, depending on which angle you look at it from.
The ground and first floors of the car park were not clad with bamboo poles, in order to simulate a floating effect and avoid the building becoming one large massive block. Instead, living bamboo plants were chosen to provide a green oasis in a city usually dominated by concrete buildings.
The customer deliberately chose to leave the bamboo poles untreated so that the bamboo would naturally age. If bamboo poles are left untreated for outdoor use, the lifespan of bamboo is much shorter than when they are treated periodically. It will therefore be interesting to monitor the lifespan of the bamboo poles in full exposure to the sun and rain.
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