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.

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.



Waternet, Amsterdam


New build industrial building


Spaklerweg, Amsterdam, NL


450 sqm


Sewage pumping station

Start design

February 2002

Start construction

November 2003


February 2006



The makers of this project

Maarten van Bremen

Maarten van Bremen Architect | Partner

Folkert van Hagen

Folkert van Hagen Architect | Partner

Adam Visser

Adam Visser Architect | Partner

Jaap van Dijk

Jaap van Dijk

Jasper Hermans

Jasper Hermans

Christina Murphy

Christina Murphy

Alejandro Noe

Alejandro Noe

External stakeholders


J.P. van Eesteren bv




DWR Ingenieursbureau

Construction management

DWR projectbureau A-4


IBG Optics bv te Bleskensgraaf

'Stainless steel skin'

Sorba Projects

Subcontractor mechanical engineering

Aan der Stegge

Installation advisor

GTI Utiliteit bv