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.
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)