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The roof garden of RCO House

19 October 2018

One early Monday morning a large crane is parked for RCO House in the light of the rising sun. The operator lifts relatively small white bags over the old Berlage building. The small white bags are filled with gravel and they are heavy. The destination is the roof garden. Once a bag has been emptied, it is - waving as a wind vane - lifted back over the soon to be office of the orchestra.

To date, the roof garden has been used as an open-air rubbish hutch, workshop and warehouse. But now everything is changing. The gravel is evenly distributed over the roof. Large planters are filled with soil and young plantings. For the neighbours of RCO House, the roof garden is a visible indicator that the contractor is in the final stage of getting RCO house ready for opening.

Crane in font of RCO House
Crane in font of RCO House
Full gravel bag
Full gravel bag
Empty gravel bag on the crane
Empty gravel bag on the crane
The rear facade of RCO House
The rear facade of RCO House
Evenly distributed gravel
Evenly distributed gravel
Roof garden from the studio tower
Roof garden from the studio tower
Roof garden as outdoor storeroom (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
Roof garden as outdoor storeroom

 

Roof garden as outdoor storeroom (photo: Renske Vrolijk)
Roof garden as outdoor storeroom

 

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