In search for a quiet place to study while I was writing my Master Thesis, I stumbled upon an announcement on Facebook introducing Green Living Lab. As they themselves explain, this dome, just a few minutes walk from the VU & VUmc, is a ‘pocket-sized nature paradise where volunteers have created a place to connect with nature in the city, to relax, learn & play’.
In other words, The Green Living Lab (GLL) is an education and research initiative created and run by volunteers, located in the BoeleGarden VU, a former school garden in Amsterdam’s financial district. I found that this green hill provides a comfy place to sit, relax, study or work while enjoying the garden. The dome’s interior space seats up to 45 people, includes free WIFI and has sanitary facilities in the form of a compost toilet — don’t be afraid, ha! Before entering, make sure to send an email to make your reservation.
In the end, I think I had some of my most effective study hours in this place, which was certainly also thanks to the super-friendly volunteers. Furthermore, their agenda includes a multitude of different activities related to nature such as yoga classes and lectures around green living. Check it out on their Facebook page!