Eastern Docklands & Funenpark

Amsterdam’s East­ern Har­bour Dis­trict con­sists of a num­ber of arti­fi­cial penin­su­las con­struct­ed around 1900. When the once-flour­ish­ing port lost its func­tion, the deci­sion was made to turn the dis­trict into a promi­nent res­i­den­tial area. The trans­for­ma­tion of the dock­lands, which began in the 1990s, is now com­plete. Diverse urban plans were devised for the var­i­ous sec­tions of the dis­trict, mak­ing the East­ern Har­bor Dis­trict a true sam­pling of the Dutch hous­ing con­struc­tion of recent decades.


Just around the cor­ner lies Funen­park, anoth­er trans­for­ma­tion project. This inno­v­a­tive urban devel­op­ment con­cept com­bines liv­ing and work­ing in high city-cen­tre den­si­ty with suf­fi­cient green space. A large res­i­den­tial block acts as noise bar­ri­er for the train line, which runs next to Funen­park. Behind this noise shield, small­er res­i­den­tial blocks stand in a car-free, pub­lic green area.

Explore two suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion areas and see a large diver­si­ty of res­i­den­tial typologies!


Programme: Eastern Docklands and Funenpark

  • Expla­na­tions about past and present of the area, city con­text, urban mas­ter plans

  • KNSM and Java Eiland: build­ing and liv­ing on the water­front
    Urban plans by Jo Coenen and Sjo­erd Soeters (1993/1997), hous­ing projects by a.o. Hans Koll­hoff & Chris­t­ian Rapp, KCAP, Wiel Arets
  • Bor­neo-Sporen­burg: patio hous­es and row vil­las
    urban plan by West 8 (1999); hous­ing blocks, patio hous­es and water­front vil­las by Claus & Kaan, Neutel­ings Riedijk, de archi­tecten­groep, de Architek­ten­Cie, MVRDV etc.
  • Funen­park: liv­ing in a park behind a sound bar­ri­er build­ing
    urban vil­las by a.o. NL Archi­tects, Geurst & Schulze, Dick van Gameren, DKV, Claus en Kaan (2008–2010), land­scape design by Landlab

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