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Booster Station South

aerodynamic skin refers to a streamlined engine

The Booster Station is a public utility building which covers a technical installation, a pumping-engine for sluicing out sewage. ¬†That easily fits into the infrastructural ‘no man’s land’, where the elevated metro lines and railways dominate and is designed to be an attractive object for passers-by.

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The program for the pumping-station consists of a voltage space, an overhead crane, three pumps, a bypass and an entrance. In the design all these different element come together in an efficient system, fit for the purpose and compact as an engine. With a clinging, aerodynamic skin the Booster Station presents itself as a streamlined engine that is connected to the underground sewage by incoming and outgoing ducts and pipes.

With its cladding of stainless steel panels it reflects the movements, shapes and colours of the environment. At night the buildings tectonics come to the surface. The illuminated seams in the steal skin make the pumping-engine look like a mesh-model. Mass turns into mesh.

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Client

Waternet, Amsterdam

Assignment

New build industrial building

Location

Spaklerweg, Amsterdam, NL

Area

450 sqm

Function

Sewage pumping station

Start design

February 2002

Start construction

November 2003

Completed

February 2006

Photography

DigiDaan
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The makers of this project

Maarten van Bremen
Maarten van Bremen
maarten@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Folkert van Hagen
Folkert van Hagen
folkert@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Adam Visser
Adam Visser
adam@groupa.nl

Architect | Partner

Jaap van Dijk
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Jasper Hermans
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Christina Murphy
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Alejandro Noe
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External stakeholders
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