FiftyTwoDegrees, Nijmegen

Skyscraper on a sloped grass roof
project profile data
Area: Approx. 8,000 m²
Construction year: 2006
Architect/Design: Mecanoo architecten, Delft
Contractor: Van der Tol b.v., Amsterdam
System build-up: “Lawn” with Floradrain® FD 40-E
Project report

The FiftyTwoDegrees Business Innovation Centre is an international, contemporary and future orientated international work geared for innovative companies and institutions in Nijmegen. The geographical location at latitude 52° has given the building it’s name. The tower stands on a green slope and is fluidly yet excitingly absorbed into surrounding Goffert Park. Under the grassed roof, which looks like a hill, are parking spaces, various commercial facilities and a plaza, partially covered with glass, with shops and restaurants. The green roof is rising steadily from the ground level to the office tower. An intensive green roof system build-up with Floradrain® FD 40-E and the System Substrate “Lawn”, at a depth of at least 200 mm was installed. Pre-cultivated lawn was spread evenly to receive an immediate finished look.

  • Aerial view of a tower standing on a vegetated slope
    Under the grassed roof are parking spaces and various commercial facilities.