Sozawe Terraced Green Roof Complex


The other day, Design Boom reported on this project for the city of Groningen in the Netherlands.  Designed by NL Architects, the project, called Sozawe — welfare department and work agency — has office spaces, a large interior public space, and 215 parking spaces.  Each of the nine office floors includes access to outdoor spaces with trees and a view over the city. 


Although different, Sozawe kind of resembles ACROS Fukuoka, which is another stepped green roof project.  Both projects find a way to integrate green space and office space in a compelling architectural package. 

Explaining the design, Design Boom said, "In their design NL aimed to construct a building which was open, inviting and sustainable.  A crucial part of the program was the 'marketplace' or 'square' to allow interaction between the department and its customers.





Rendering credits: NL Architects; see more at Design Boom

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  • Anonymous

    What a fantastic design. Green spaces on the roof without making the lower levels too dark.

  • Portland Condo Auctions

    Wow! Thats a great design! I love how much balance there is between green space and office space. The huge atrium down below is very nice looking too, and it looks like the entire thing can be lit by the outside light as well as the green terraced office floors.


  • Grisha Zotov

    the idea is really similar to mountain house by BIG. but anyway it is awesome!

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