Buro Harro describes the building not just as a housing unit but as a place where bats, birds, bees, and butterflies live alongside humans. The facade bricks intentionally create some voids to allow birds to nest and climbing plants to find their way up. Once the highest level of the building is reached, an iconic Dutch dune landscape tops the apartments. Trees and native grass will be planted, and an open air swimming pool will complete this community space.
The inclusion of green elements in the city is a constant in Buro Harro’s project. While his practice continues, we wonder if the builders of urban environments will consciously create ecosystems that will integrate more fauna and flora with our cities. We are maybe preparing for a future in which cities go back to a more primitive state of nature.