• location: Amsterdam (Show on map)
  • program: Booster Pump Station
  • client: Waternet
  • design: 2002 - 2004
  • completed: 2005
  • design team: Juliette Bekkering, Corine Keus, Jason Williams, Sander Brand, Milena Zaklanovic. Typography: Jaap Bardet, Visual Lab, photos by Jeroen Musch

 

The Booster pump station is located on Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam. The building accommodates three Booster pumps, which collects all the sewage of Amsterdam East and passes it on to the new central sewage purification centre in Amsterdam West.
 The building is a distinct sculpture that, after the development of the urban area, will be located in a park-like setting.  

Since the main function of the building is to shelter and eliminate the sound of the pumps, the building could be treated as a sculpture. The shape is dictated by the program and the directions found at the site. The concrete skin is molded around the functional elements of the program. The building cantilevers to accommodate the mezzanine for operating the pumps, it dents where the entry doors are located, and wraps around the heavy in- and outgoing pipes. The roof is treated like the fifth elevation, in order to make it a truly all-round object. The distinct, crystal-like shape of the building gives it an ever-changing appearance.



The building is executed in pigmented, prefabricated concrete, treated with a sand blasting technique to apply different depths.  A bas-relief pattern wraps around the building like a web. A play of text patterns is moulded onto the base of the building. The pigmentation, the relief and texture treatments are done in such a way that the qualities of concrete are used in the most optimal way. It gives the concrete a refined and filigree look, with a beautiful deep, blue-green colour. The rich ornamentation is enhanced at night by small light fittings placed in the cantilevers.  It illuminates the base of the building with a diffuse blue light and makes it glow at night.
 

PUBLICATIONS

  • Sculpturaliteit, Scenografie en Materialiteit, in De Architect, May 2015

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  • Paarchitekten, in H.O.M.E. nr 03, March 2013

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  • Bekkering Adams Architects, in B1 Be One Magazine, July 2011

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  • Booster pump station east, Firestation VM, Maashaven Z.O., in Architecture Zone nr 1, 2010

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  • Stylish Infrastructures, in Urban Environment, nr 40, 2010

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  • Krachtige Ruimten, Visie Bekkering Adams Architecten, in Pi (Project en interieur), April-May 2010

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  • Booster pump station east, in European Architecture, 2009

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  • Precerpavaci stanice booster na vychode Amsterdamu, in Povrchy Betonu, 2008

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  • Booster Pump Station East in Estetyka i technika w architekturze przemyslowej, (Aesthetics and techniques in Industrial Architecture), 2008

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  • Booster pump station, Amsterdam in letters, typografie en architectuur, 2008

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  • Treated as a sculpture, Contemporary Buildings and Interiors CONCRETE creations, 2008

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  • Booster, in Media Facade nr 29, 2007

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  • Booster pump station east, 1000x European Architecture 1st edition, 2007

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  • Paradoxale Pracht, in BladNA, nr 7/8, July August 2006

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  • Booster Oost, in Amsterdamse Architectuur 2003-2006 ARCAM pocket 19, 2006

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  • Maashaven OZ and Booster Pump Oost: BNA Gebouw van het jaar 2006

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  • Bekkering Adams Booster pump station east, Architecture NOW! 4, 2006

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  • Monument voor waterzuivering, in de Architect nr 12, December 2005

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  • Bekkering Adams Architecten Rotterdam, Krachtige Sculpturaliteit, in Bouw nr 6, June 2005

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  • Booster Pump Oost: Een sculptuur als een bewerkt stuk natuursteen, in Gevelbouw, June 2005

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  • Beeldschoon Beton, 2005

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  • Betonwand met expressie, in Bouwwereld, April 2005

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  • Pump it up! in Cement nr 4, 2005

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  • Sculpturaal schoonbeton: ’Zo waanzinnig mooi!’, in Stedebouw & Architectuur, December 2004

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  • Prefab gevel in schoonbeton, in Bouwwereld, October 11 2004

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  • Letterplanken geven reliëf aan beton boostergemaal, in Cobouw, June 18 2004

  • Booster gemaal: Architectuur voor industriële gebouwen, in Detail in Architectuur, May 2004

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  • Boostergemaal vermomd als motorblok, in Cobouw, March 22 2004

  • Booster Pump Oost, Amsterdam Architecture & Design Guide, 2004

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WHO WE ARE

We are an internationally operating, dynamic and versatile architectural office, looking and working with an open mind towards our future society. Founded by Juliette Bekkering and Monica Adams, we share a fascination for enhancing the urban environment. With an enthusiastic team of architects and designers we work on innovative and sustainable projects with a strong identity, defined by expressive architecture with a tactile expression of material and detail.

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