Knowledge Mile

From one of the ugli­est to the smartest dis­trict of Ams­ter­dam — that’s the ambi­tion of the Knowl­edge Mile busi­ness com­mu­ni­ty and inno­va­tion lab. The area is under­go­ing an aston­ish­ing trans­for­ma­tion, grad­u­al­ly mor­ph­ing from a car-clogged road into a hub of intel­lect and cre­ativ­i­ty. Over the last years, the street has become a home for glob­al com­pa­nies, tech star­tups, and styl­ish co-work­ing spaces. Part of the mix are also 60,000 stu­dents from insti­tu­tions like the Ams­ter­dam Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam. The Knowl­edge Mile asso­ci­a­tion acts as a net­work to con­nect these busi­ness­es and insti­tu­tions and stim­u­lates them to work togeth­er to improve their sur­round­ings. On top of that, the street fea­tures a col­lec­tion of archi­tec­tur­al icons, rang­ing from Her­man Hertzberg­er’s stu­dent dorm to one of the few Cor­bu­sian build­ings in town and, as a recent addi­tion, a beau­ti­ful new build­ing with large atri­um for the Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Science.

Let us show you a street where archi­tec­tur­al mas­ter­works meet the aspi­ra­tions of the smart city!

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Tour Programme: Knowledge Mile

  • Nation­al Holo­caust Mon­u­ment (Daniël Libe­skind and Rijn­boutt, 2020)
  • Short/long stay hotel ZOKU with roof gar­den (Con­crete and Mul­derblauw, 2016)

  • Cap­i­tal C: Trans­for­ma­tion of a dia­mond traders build­ing into offices and cowork­ing spaces (ZJA and Heyligers architects)

  • Uni­ver­si­ty build­ing Jako­ba Mul­der­huis (De Architek­ten­Cie, Mark Koehler Archi­tects, Pow­er­house Com­pa­ny, 2022)

  • Cygnus Gym­na­si­um: bru­tal­ist high­school build­ing (Com­mer de Geus and Ben Ing­w­ersen 1956; ren­o­va­tion by WDJA, 2012) 

  • Office build­ing Thonik (Thomas Wid­der­shoven and MMX architek­ten, 2020)

  • Hotel CASA Ams­ter­dam  (OZ, 2010)

  • Ams­tel sta­tion (H.G. Schelling and Jan Leu­pen, 1931 / Office WINHOV, 2021)

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