Around the Central Station

Most recent devel­op­ments in Ams­ter­dam can be found along the water­front. When the Cen­tral Sta­tion was built in the late 19th cen­tu­ry, the old town was sep­a­rat­ed from the har­bour. For near­ly a cen­tu­ry, the water­front remained har­bour area, until a redis­cov­ery start­ed in the 1990s.

 

Over the last years, the Cen­tral Sta­tion has been extend­ed with a new retail area, bus sta­tion and sec­ond main entrance on the water­side. East and west of it lie Oos­t­er­dok­sei­land and Wes­t­er­dok­sei­land, which have been trans­formed into high-den­si­ty city quar­ters. The lat­est addi­tion is arti­fi­cial penin­su­la IJdock, with the new Palace of Jus­tice, a hotel, hous­ing, offices and a marina.

 

Now the devel­op­ment con­tin­ues on the oppo­site side of the water, just a short fer­ry ride away, with the EYE Film Insti­tute and the con­ver­sion of the for­mer Shell high­rise, topped by a spec­tac­u­lar view­ing platform.

We’ll take you on a tour of the sta­tion and its sur­round­ings, includ­ing new res­i­den­tial devel­op­ments as well as icon­ic pub­lic buildings.

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Programme: Around the Central Station

  • Oos­t­er­dok­sei­land: penin­su­la with high-den­si­ty mixed-use build­ings (mas­ter­plan by Erick van Egeraat) Music School (Frits van Don­gen, 2007) Pub­lic Library (Jo Coenen, 2007)

  • Head­quar­ters of Booking.com (UNStu­dio, 2022)

  • Ams­ter­dam Cen­tral Sta­tion (Pierre Cuypers, 1889; Ben­them Crouwel, Wiel Arets, Pow­er­house Com­pa­ny, 2015)
  • EYE Film Insti­tute: icon­ic muse­um build­ing on the water­front (Del­u­gan Meissl, 2012)
  • Adam Tow­er: from Shell to tourist attrac­tion (Arthur Staal, 1967 / Claus en Van Wagenin­gen, 2016)
  • Wes­t­er­dok­sei­land with hous­ing projects by a.o. MVRDV (2007–2010)
  • Arti­fi­cial penin­su­la IJdock (mas­ter­plan by SeARCH and Dick van Gameren) Hotel and office block (Jan Bak­ers, 2013), hous­ing block (Zein­stra van Gelderen, 2013) Palace of Jus­tice (Claus en Kaan, 2013)

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