Author Archives: Mathias Lehner

Integrated planting temper tropical climate in new hotel

Thanks to the ‘greenery facade’ of the Chicland Hotel, all rooms have a more attractive view in this hotel tower on the waterfront in the touristic city of Da Nang, Vietnam. Besides of aesthetics, the “greenery system also creates a micro climate for the building and makes interior space cooler.”claim the architects. “The plants used in the project are tropical plants and are suitable to marine climate such as: cymbidium hybrid, tournefortia argentea, ficus Superba, bougainvillea, pluchea indica…etc.”, explain VTN architects.

Source: Archdaily, Text and images (c) VTN architects (Vo Trong Nghia).

Free Inspiration Magazine

As a follow up of the Congress ‘Natuurlijk!’ in November 2019 an inspiration magazine will be published on January 6: the Inspiration magazine Nature Inclusive Building.

The Inspiration magazine is a bundle of inspiring, enthusiastic but also concrete and practical developments in the field of nature-inclusive construction. The magazine also looks to the future: what will await us in 2020 in this area?

In the Inspiration magazine ‘Natuurinclusief Bouwen’ you can read about, among other things the vision behind the Nature Inclusive Building Toolbox and the top 11 inclusions for clients who want to integrate nature into their projects. Furthermore there is info on an evaluation model for ecosystem services, with which the value of green can also be translated financially.

You can request a free copy of the Inspiration magazine Nature Inclusive Building. Do this before Wednesday, December 18, and you will receive the edition on January 7, 2020.

“Architecture is a living body.” MIA architects’ Sky House, Ho Chi Minh City

“Saigon is a metropolitan city of Vietnam with the highest density of construction, vehicles andpopulation.With that, followed the blooming of urban infrastructure and traffic congestion. On the other hand, it causes the lack of green spaces, where people can seek tranquility and sit in harmony with nature to release stress. “

With this analysis MIA Studio designed a private home in 2019 that co-houses man together with flora in an almost 50-50 ratio of space. The metropolitan constraints have been turned into high quality living with using various plantings, bushes and up to 6 meter high trees. Horizontal and vertical connections (also with a patio op en to the sky – hence the name) make greenery ubiquitous and an essential part of the spatial experience – delicately designed to connect to nature in different weather condtions and at different moments of the day.

Source: “Sky House / MIA Design Studio” 02 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Picture: (c) Trieu Chien.

Nextcity’s Bioloop presented @ Denk Dieper! (Think Deeper) Amsterdam, Nov. 19

Waternet and Amsterdam Municipality are joining forces to address the opportunities given now that many kilometers of quay walls need repair work. A new design of quays and banks can have a positive impact on safety, water quality, experience value, biodiversity and climate adaptation. In addition, many hard banks in the city can be transformed into more nature-friendly shorelines.

Aiming towards a manual for nature-inclusive quays, banks and water features and to exchange knowledge this day collects knowledge and challenges designers to work on a future-proof city.

Nextcity.nl presents the Bioloop that has recently been realized for the first time in Delft. The Bioloop brings water closer to the urban dwellers, while at the same time it helps animals to get out of the waters.

Design Atelier ‘Breda City in the Park’, Dag van de Stad 28 October The Hague

The city is alive an kicking and prominently on the agenda. Also on yours? Join us on the Day of the City 2019 in The Hague. During this annual event, all urban professionals come together for inspiration and knowledge exchange for economically strong, sustainable, future-proof and liveable cities.

Themed “Who dares ?!” this year the stage is given to brave entrepreneurs, architects, theater makers, scientists, social organizations, residents and administrators. What unites them is their vision, bravery and guts.

Mathias Lehner of nextcity.nl is moderating a Design Atelier from 13 -14:30 hrs. Get inspired by Harry Boeschoten (Staatsbosbeheer) and wethouder Geertje Bos (gemeente Breda), discuss with us and create ideas and solutions for the centrally located Gasthuisvelden to contibute to the 2030 vision of ‘Breda, City in the Park’.

See the full programme and sign of for this ‘Ontwerpatelier’.

Nature Inclusive Building Congress Olst November 20

The importance of biodiversity in people’s living and working environment is becoming increasingly clear, whether it is about health, quality of life, property value or climate adaptation. Also, an ever growing number of parties are contributing to a healthy, attractive, future-proof living and working environment, in which flora and fauna also have a full place.

On 20 November, the province of Overijssel is organizing the sparkling congress ‘Natuurlijk’ on nature-inclusive construction together with partners, including DuurzaamDoor. The congress is the opportunity to gain knowledge, inspiratio and to network in a short period of time.

Read more on program and registration.

July 4th, 15:00hrs: Presentation of Academy of Architecture student plans ‘Breda, City in the Park’

Date: Thu, 4th of July 2019
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM, then drinks
Location: Breda city hall, Claudius Prinsenlaan 10, 4811 DJ Breda, room A0.30

In the context of the Story of Breda (‘Verhaal van Breda’), Master students of the Landscape Architecture and Urbanism have made designs for 3 inner-city locations in Breda provided by the municipality. The young designers of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture follow dual education alongside their work at an architect. Their point of departure for inspiring but at the same time realistic plans was the theme of an “Urban Forest”.

But what exactly is that, and how can this concept contribute to the ambitious goal of “Breda, City in The Park” until 2020? 6 students present their plans in a short Pecha Kucha and are ready to answer questions from the audience.

The afternoon presentation is introduced by program leader City in the Park Tom Rozendal. The event is organized by the municipality of Breda (Rombout van Eekelen), the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (Hanneke Kijne and Markus Appenzeller) and nextcity.nl (Mathias Lehner, lecturer at the Academy).

Program:
15:00     Welcome by Tom Rozendal, municipality of Breda and Mathias Lehner, nextcity.nl / AvB
Short presentation of plans in Pecha Kucha form
15:35     Q&A from the audience
Feedback by Tom Rozendal
16:00     End

You can register for participation via mathias@nextcity.nl  or rs.van.eekelen@breda.nl.

Images (c) Krijn Nugter, Academy of Architecture Amsterdam

The Hague develops system of points and publishes magazine to stimulate biodiverse construction

Professionals keep asking where they can find knowledge and guidance when it comes to biodiverse design and building. Next to nextcity.nl’s own ‘First Guide’ (which has been introduced at the Building Holland Fair in March and will be presented on the 22nd of May 2019 at Arcam) the municipality in The Hague published ‘De Stad Natuurlijk’ (The City, naturally) last month which inspires with examples and introduces in more detail the development of a system of points to stimulate biodiverse and nature-inclusive building. I. Mulder of the The Hague Municipality, department urbanism and planning is editor of the publication that has primarily been issued in an edition of 600.

The magazine ‘De Stad Natuurlijk’ (Dutch only) can also be downloaded for free here. All material is (c) Municipality of The Hague.

The Hague presents ‘Green Points’ for green and nature inclusive building


Based upon the notion that buildings are part of urban nature, future tender procedures and selling of land to developers in The Hague will linked to compulsory ‘Green Points’. Depening on e.g. the size of a plot developers and constructors receive e.g. ‘hard’ points for nesting boxes for bats and birds, and ‘soft’ points for green roofs and gardens. The points are legally binding and are a part of the contract when obtaining the plot. Read the press release from 14th of March 2019 from the Municipality online. The system will be introduced step by step, read more on the official municipal documents here (commissiebrief, Dutch only).

In the press release The Hague Municipality explains the ambition to stimulate biodversity: fauna and flora. There are 3 categories such as nesting facilities, green roofs and walls and other measurements in the built environment. The system was developed together with project developers and intends to give clear demands of what is expected by the parties in the design and building sector.

See the documents (Dutch only) of the Municipality of The Hague from November 2016 and October 2016 that are on the basis of this new system of Green Points.

Image courtesy stadszaken.nl, see a recent article on the issue online @ stadszaken.nl.