Cruquiuseiland Amsterdam [NL]

Cruquiuseiland in the Eastern port of Amsterdam will transform from an industrial area into a mixed urban quarter for living and working. KCAP designed the southeast part of the peninsula that is located on the border between the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal and the Nieuwe Vaart.

The contour of the plot is ideally suited for a fan-shaped urban layout with buildings in linear sequences opening up towards the waterfront. The spaces between those strips enhance the nautical character and make it tangible on the entire site. Furthermore, they allow for maximum sunlight to penetrate deep into the spaces between the buildings. The linear building structures are subdivided into several larger and smaller volumes. This guarantees a fine-grain structure which relates to the human scale. Each building has its own characteristic composition and identity within a coherent overall structure.

The spatial structure of the Cruquius area is characterised by a framework of public streets and a continuous quay along the Amsterdam-Rijnkanaal. Within this framework we distinguish two large collective gardens with each its own sunny neighbourhood square, providing space for meeting, sharing and socializing. Large industrial pavers refer to the industrial history of the site and create a network of paths and squares that run trough the softly undulating and lushly planted gardens. An internal route, that is supported by special planting and a sequence of folly-like objects, connects the two main squares. The existing steel crane on site  is preserved and reprogrammed into an industrial icon for the future.

The green spaces and the flexible building structures allow for a sustainable development with special attention to social sustainability. The differentiation of housing types, spaces for working and facilities promote interaction between the buildings and the surroundings to create a safe and pleasant living environment. These elements encourage social cohesion in the area and create an inclusive neighbourhood for and by residents, users and visitors.

Client AM (Cruquiuswerf); Amvest (Berkhout)
Programma 48.750 m2 for 415 residential units, various work and commercial spaces and underground parking
Time 2015 - present
Role Urban planner, architect and landscape architect