Houthavens and 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.

Two areas where this can already be seen are the Houthavens and Noord. The Houthavens used to be the wood ship­ping har­bour of Amsterdam. Sev­en arti­fi­cial, car-free pen­in­su­las have been cre­ated in the former har­bour, lined by build­ings of max. 4–5 storeys. In total there will be 2700 apart­ments with 20% social rent­al apart­ments. The area will be 100% cli­mate neut­ral.

On the oth­er side of the water lies Buik­sloter­ham, which used to be a har­bour area and an enclave for poor work­ing class fam­il­ies. In the last 5 years, how­ever, a redis­cov­ery of Noord has star­ted. Buik­sloter­ham has the ambi­tion to become the first “cir­cu­lar” neigh­bour­hood in Amsterdam, with closed cir­cuits for waste and energy.

On this tour you’ll vis­it two areas in trans­ition, which are both being trans­formed from former indus­tri­al zones into sus­tain­able liv­ing dis­tricts.


Pro­gramme: Houthavens and Buik­sloter­ham

  • Blok0: 9 privately developed plots (a.o. Mar­cel Lok, Puur, Marc Koehler (2015–2016)
  • Res­id­en­tial highrise Pont­steiger (Arons & Gelauff, 2018)
  • Cli­mate-neut­ral school build­ing 4e Gym­nas­i­um (Paul de Ruit­er, 2016)
  • Bike and ferry ride to Amsterdam-Noord
  • Buik­sloter­ham Hous­ing area with col­lect­ively developed hous­ing blocks and self-build houses (2014–2018) e.g. wooden hous­ing highrise Patch 22 (Tom Frantzen), Houtlofts (ANA Archi­tec­ten)
  • Sus­tain­able float­ing houses Schoon­s­chip (2018)
  • De Ceuvel Tem­por­ary use of a pol­luted former wharf: house­boats on dry land serving as offices for the cre­at­ive industry
  • Half-day tour
  • Private groups only!
  • Trans­port: bike
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