Sustainable development
Over the last decade sustainable urban (re)development has been dominated by bottom-up initiatives that one for one have huge direct and indirect impact on the social, ecological and economic performance of our cities. The Dutch Windwheel is a mega project that seeks to achieve the same goal but with a radically alternative approach and process. The project explores how tourism and iconic sustainable architecture can jump-start and positively impact on district development.

Innovation program
Sixteen companies and research institutes have joined forces to develop the Dutch Windwheel. These organisations are all working on a program, aiming to combine, scale and market all kinds of promising technical innovations at the nexus of water, energy, and building technology.

This program contains (R&D) projects for local energy production (including the EWICON technology, solar and residual heat, and heat exchange), a closed water system, the development of a smart grid, smart skin and an integrated smart city concept and the use of materials and as well as IoT based technologies to enhance the experience and attraction value of the Dutch Windwheel and its environment. All these ‘products’ will be tested and developed in the Rotterdam Region, using fieldlabs like the Green Village in Delft and the Merwe Vier Harbor in Rotterdam.
DoepelStrijkers, Meysters and BLOC
AM, Royal BAM Group, Deltares, Dura Vermeer, ECN, Eneco, Evides, Huawei, InnovationQuarter, Mammoet, PNO, Siemens, SPIE, TNO, and the Windwheel Corporation.
Doepel Strijkers, Meysters and BLOC
AM en Koninklijke BAM Groep, Deltares, Dura Vermeer, ECN, Eneco, Innovation Quarter, Mammoet, PNO, SPIE, TNO and the Windwheel Corporation

Dutch Windwheel


The Dutch Windwheel is an architectural landmark, innovative windmill and unprecedented attraction. It responds to the increasing flow of tourists to Rotterdam and the transition to a Clean Tech economy.

Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Realisation 2022-2025
61.000m2 public space, apartments, hotel, restaurant, touristic attraction
innovation and feasibility year 2016-17
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