Amsterdam-Noord is a workers’ housing area in transition. It consists of a mix of garden cities from the 1920s and post-war residential developments. After decades of neglect, a process of gentrification is currently underway – and arouses considerable controversy.
In Van de Pekbuurt, housing corporation Ymere recently realized a prize-winning, large-scale renovation scheme. Adjacent neighbourhood Bloemenbuurt is also in transformation: Built in the early 1930s, it consisted of social rental apartments, which have partly been merged into larger free-sector rental houses.
A short ride with the new metro leads to Plan van Gool, a housing area from the 1960s, which has also recently undergone a renovation. The aim was to bring the housing blocks up to standard — regarding sustainability as well as safety.
We’ll take you on a tour through working class housing areas in transition, highlighting the best renovation and transformation projects.
Your health is our top priority! Our tours take place in the open air, with 1,50 metre safety distance between participants and max. 15 participants per guide. A user-friendly and hygienic audioguide system is available and can be used with your own headphones.