By Boris Zeisser

Inspired by nature

business park, climate change, CO2, cradle to cradle, eco, energy, energy neutral, footprint, Green building, renewables, sustainable

The chimney principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation

Inspired by nature!

Environmental Education Centre

This building has been inspired by a termite hill. Natrufied architecture designed a beautiful CO2 end energy neutral building. 

The Environmental Education Centre (picture) is housing offices, a restaurant, exhibition halls and a doctors practice. But for both of the buildings, the solar chimney is The Big Innovation!

Termite mount

In the solar chimney, air is drawn into the ground via pipes and discharged again via the tower. This principle is copied from ants and termites, which ingeniously craft corridors that regulate the temperature without active ventilation.

The buildings are designed with green roofs that isolate and will store all the rain and storm waters.

Markenhage, Inspired by nature

With new additions of wood and slate stone, together with the existing red bricks, a new earthy tone of materials will make a new composition of old and new in a ton-sur-ton strategy.

School renovation

For the new Campus Markenhage in Breda, the Netherlands, Natrufied designs a complex of buildings creating a base for 3 schools; Markenhage, Michael College and the Orion Lyceum. The 14.000 m2 building is partially new build, partially a renovation of an existing school building. Old and new are woven together into a new community, with respect to each schools own identity.

Inspired by nature

Working with ingredients from nature, the theme of Art d’eco has been developed as one of the main design philosophies of the office. With this the ambition is to support the environment as well as to create beauty: this makes the art of ecology.

All designs are inspired by Nature:

  • embedding the program into the surrounding environment
  • biomimicry design approach
  • use of natural materials
  • natural shapes or more abstract representation of natural patterns
  • parametric structures and biotic material approach

Integrating high tech and low tech sustainability into the designs is a natural part of their design work.

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By Lennart Graaff

FerrisWheel: the Future Windmill

circular architecture, WindWheel, green, circular building, Rotterdam

Dutch WindWheel has released an architecture design for the wind turbine of the future: the Wind Wheel.

Dutch WindWheel Corporation has released an architectural design for the wind turbine of the future: the FerrisWheel.

FerrisWheel design:

  • The windmill is 174 meters high
  • The hole in the middle ensures renewable energy with water drops
  • The building will generate solar power
  • In the building is enough space for apartments and hotels


Green skyline icon

The energy and ambition of Dutch WindWheel Corporation is contagious. They are convinced: This wind power FerrisWheel, will be the green icon of the future. They think it will not be hard to find investors.

  • The panoramic wheel, equipped with moving cabins (including a underwater film experience), should be funded by an attraction operator
  • Estate developers will invest in the apartments and the hotel
WindWheel technology details

WindWheel is exploring the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat.

Circular Architecture

First, Dutch WindWheel wants to think about the innovations that has to accommodate the building. Together with 10 partners, Dutch WindWheel want to explore the possibilities for sustainable materials and local energy generation with solar, biomass and waste heat. Circular Architecture of ‘Climate Architecture’ as it is mentioned by the owner Lennart Graaff.


By 2025 the FerrisWheel should be operational. Preference is given to Rotterdam (EU city 2015), but Amsterdam will be another great opportunity.

Facts & Figures

program: 61.000m2 public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant, touristic attraction
status: innovation and feasibility year 2016-17
location: Rotterdam, the Netherlands
year realization: 2022-2025
initiative: Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC (Windwheel Corporation)


By Studio Roosegaarde

Interactive Save Highway

Interactive Save Highway

Interactive Save Highway

Highway future

Contribution to a sustainable, green future – and ensure a save highway is possible, with this interactive smart highway lightened by glowing lines. 

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde uses special sun-charged paint that glows in the dark for as long as 10 hours. 

Moreover this interactive paint indicates icy weather conditions by becoming visible in freezing temperatures. 

Highway paint

The lines charge at day-time and glow at night (for 8 hours). Using these glowing lines ensures the safety of drivers and contributes to a energy-neutral future. The goal is for creative designer Daan Roosegaarde is to make roads which are more sustainable and interactive by using light, energy and road signs that automatically adapt to the traffic situation.

Smart Highways

Smart Highways are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde . Its goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and information that interact with the traffic situation.

Glowing Lines are charged during day-time and glow at night for eight hours. The first road has been constructed, and will further be launched internationally.

Circular infrastructure

Pilot Smart Highway with Glowing Lines live

Van Gogh

The recent Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands twinkling stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the town of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.

Circular infrastructure

This bikers lane with solar cells, generates green energy

New designs include Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Road Printer.

Bikers path

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industry. The design and interactivity by Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.

Smart Highway has been awarded a Dutch Design Award and an Accenture Innovation Award, and won the INDEX Award 2013.

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