Living Lab Buiksloterham

Ams­ter­dam likes to pro­file itself as a city of the future. In order to achieve this, progress has to be made in the field of sus­tain­able archi­tec­ture and city life.


Col­lec­tive­ly devel­oped zero ener­gy neigh­bour­hoods and new urban con­cepts, such as the Cir­cu­lar City, con­tribute to the search for new approach­es to sus­tain­abil­i­ty. An area where this can already be seen is Buik­sloter­ham in the north of Amsterdam.


Buik­sloter­ham has the ambi­tion to become the first “cir­cu­lar” neigh­bour­hood in Ams­ter­dam, with closed cir­cuits for waste and ener­gy. The city appoint­ed plots for indi­vid­u­al­ly and col­lec­tive­ly devel­oped hous­es. Many exam­ples of ener­gy-neu­tral build­ings are being realised, on pri­vate ini­tia­tive or in devel­op­ment groups.

On this tour, you’ll vis­it the new devel­op­ments, and find out about their archi­tec­tur­al and sus­tain­abil­i­ty concepts.


Programme: Buiksloterham

  • City­plot: car-free hous­ing dis­trict with build­ings on all scales

  • Col­lec­tive­ly devel­oped hous­ing blocks and self-build hous­es, incl. hybrid-tim­ber build­ings Patch 22 and Sto­ries (Tom Frantzen, 2016 / Olaf Gipser, 2021)
  • Schoonschip: 46 float­ing hous­es with Smartgrid
  • De Ceu­v­el: house­boats on dry land as tem­po­rary use of a pol­lut­ed wharf (Space + Mat­ter, 2015)

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