Plaza Arena Amsterdam [NL]

Plot 206a was one of the last remaining large, undeveloped pieces of land in the heart of the Amstel III office and business development in Amsterdam Zuidoost (South-East). It covers an area of approximately 200 x 200 meters and stands at the intersection of two major roads close to the Bijlmer metro station. This plot called ‘Plaza Arena’ is organized as a labyrinthine ensemble of 9 office volumes all designed by different architects based on an urban plan by KCAP. The urban development plan introduces construction envelopes that stipulate the maximum dimensions of the buildings and their position on the plot. Volumetric voids and transparencies are strategically placed using patios, atria and arcades to guarantee sufficient light penetration in accordance with the local building regulations.  A ‘floating’ pedestrian deck, also designed by KCAP, joins the buildings and forms the public space that unifies the whole development. Two of the 9 office buildings - Diana & Vesta -  are designed by KCAP and provide approximately 26.000 m² of office space. 

Client Municipality of Amsterdam, OGA (Urban design and ground surface design),
Eurocommerce Deventer (architecture)
Program Urban plan and supervision of an ensemble of 9 office blocks with a total of  110.000 m2 GFA; design of deck with 930 parking spaces beneath, access bridge and two office buildings of 26.000 m2 GFA in total.
Time 1998 – 2004 (masterplan); 1998 - 2008 (supervision); 2007 - 2012 (architecture)
Role Masterplanner, supervisor and architect
Participating parties Municipality of Amsterdam; DRO (ground surface design, assistance with design of deck and parking level) ; Bureau Mijksenaar (signage and signposting)
Joost Valk Architecture in association with ZZDP; Nieuw Vennep; de Architekten Cie; Benthem Crouwel Architecten (office blocks)