The former prison installation


A former female prison tower is being rebuilt into a ‘Living Green Tower’ with vertical parks, urban gardening and restaurants in the south of Amsterdam. Designed by OMA Architects and developed by AM Developers, The Waste Transformers supply the installation bearing the same name, transforming all the organic waste from 1350 apartments, hotels and restaurants into good energy.

In 2016, the former Amsterdam prison ‘Bijlmer Bajes’ closed his doors (to prisoners), and opened the area for a new bright and positive future. The large area in the city of Amsterdam is redeveloped into a green and innovative neighborhood, to live, work and visit. Meeting the highest standards of living, wellbeing and sustainability, one of the six former prison towers, the female prison tower (including its prison cells) is stripped down to his skeleton, the rooftop is removed and replaced with a vertical green park with a climbing wall, restaurants and offices with urban gardening and greenhouses.

From a prison to vertical parks inside a tower

98% of all the materials from the former prison will be re-used in this new neighborhood.

The area is redeveloped by OMA Architects and AM Developers, and they have requested to implement one of our Waste Transformers inside this Green Tower.
Our modular system is taken out from its structure and the digester tanks and biogas tanks are actually breaking through the floor in a public space like mushrooms popping up in an autumn forest. Visitors of the Green Tower can experience and learn how this Waste Transformer is transforming tons of organic waste per week, converting it into green energy, heat and natural fertilizer for the vertical park.

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Transforming organic waste streams on-site has a large impact on the amount of waste that needs to be collected by garbage trucks. This Waste Transformer helps to significantly reduce the amount of garbage trucks driving around this neighborhood, reducing traffic jams, air pollution and urban traffic.

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