Oostpoort had long been a marginalised part of the city: low-rise buildings, businesses and open areas. With the arrival of shops, offices and homes, this area had to become the centre of East Amsterdam . The plans were ambitious, but not irrational, given the already large concentration of facilities: the district office, the MuzyQ music building, Amsterdam CBD, sports hall, swimming pool, primary school, and the Muiderpoort station. The number of inhabitants, about 600, is projected to quadruple.

Project details

Project
Refurbishment/urban developement of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Architect
Soeters Van Eldonk architects, Amsterdam 
Client
Amsterdam Municipality, District Oost [East]
Pavers
Terca Rosa water-struck DF
 

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands  © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Refurbishment of Oostpoort in Amsterdam, The Netherlands © Ruud Peijnenburg

Urban lifestyle in a green area

The initial situation was twofold: growth in supplies and professional features, but a weak socio-economic structure. The vision for the urban development partly emerged from the outcome of negotiations between the Eastern suburb and developer OCP.
 
In 2013, the project office East specified: "There will be fewer apartments, more low-rise private homes and a more spacious, greener public area. There will be more than 80 social rental homes. This new plan better reflects the demand on the housing market and is developed step by step. Thus it can be implemented a lot faster. The new plan is expected to appeal to buyers and tenants who would like to live an urban lifestyle in a green, well-kept and quiet low-traffic residential area."

Intimate squares and shopping streets

In Oostpoort East, 30 quay-side villas will be added along the Ringvaart, 70 mansions (for sale), 35 free sector apartments for sale and 84 social rental apartments. In addition to the houses, there will be a catering facility in the historic Ammonia building of the Oostergasfabriek, a former gas plant. The new residential area in the eastern part forms the link to the more lively western part, where many high-rise buildings emerged previously accommodating apartments and a shopping area with a parking garage underneath. “This will become a real Amsterdam neighbourhood comprising a mix of historic buildings of the former gas plant and attractive new buildings with intimate squares and shopping streets and corresponding paving.”

Everything that makes a city a city

A large number of agencies contributed to the balanced design between the industrial buildings, the fresh new structures and the intended intimacy. Urban development architect Sjoerd Soeters explained: "Oostpoort has the atmosphere of an intimate city centre. The public areas, the streets and the squares are compact, so people can recognise each other. Everything that makes a city a city we bring together."

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