Horizons: Five-fold sustainability icon
Horizons is the first building with a positive impact on the earth, people, and animals. A building based on a multitude of innovations in circularity, sustainability, and future-proof construction. It is the start of a new generation of buildings that breathes, thinks, and feels, just as our bodies do as the ultimate functioning system. Horizons breathes through various green landscapes, providing a source of fresh air, oxygen, and health.
With innovations in energy, Horizons knows when there is too much or too little. And by combining nature's intelligence with man's innovative thinking, water and waste are naturally purified for reuse. But most of all, it feels good. Through the many opportunities for meeting, we hit the core of pleasant living, and the abundance of greenery provides a nice place for people and animals. The building shows that a positive contribution to Mother Earth is possible and that we can live based on an abundance of energy, nature, resources, and social connection.
Horizons is a five-time sustainability icon, with five times making a positive impact on the planet. Horizons prevents loneliness through mutual connection and an inclusive residential program in which residents have literally and figuratively shared ownership. The first floor will not be a full commercial space but a collective living room. Solar panels are incorporated into the architecture in the facade, generating more energy than the building uses, and creating space on the roofs for the urban parks of the future. Horizons is a circular icon composed of 62% biobased and recycled materials and 96% reusable at the end of its lifespan. A wooden building that stores nearly 3,000 tons of CO2. A building for nature, where the various roof gardens restore and enrich the biodiversity in the Sluis neighborhood, and rainwater is collected. A healthy building with clean indoor air in which raw material cycles are closed by purifying and reusing its own waste. It shows that humans and nature can live together in harmony. A building that sets the standard for the future in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and ultimately the world.
In addition to Paul de Ruiter Architects and FLUX Landscape Architects, the Ballast Nedam Development team includes Alba Concepts, Buro Loo, Pieters Bouwtechniek, WAX, CConcept Design, OneGo, Vogelbescherming Nederland, JOGG, Ursem, and Heddes.