"You do not design a circular city. You allow it to rise."
For Buiksloterham, a 100 hectare post-industrial site in Amsterdam-North, we developed a vision, roadmap and action plan to transition to a fully circular neighborhood. Today, the neighbourhood is set to become a global example of circular urban development.
- Client: Waternet, De Alliantie and the City of Amsterdam (Dienst Ruimtelijke Ordening)
- Partners: DELVA Landscape Architects, Studio Nine Dots, Peter Dortwegt (New Energy Docks), Saskia Muller (Amsterdam Smart City), Frank Alsema (Neighborhood Coordinator)
Buiksloterham is a typical post-industrial district, just a short ferry from the center of Amsterdam. Like many industrial areas, Buiksloterham contained heavy industries that left to low-wage countries in the 2nd half of the 20th century, leaving large abandoned areas on a centrally located and well accessible location. The area, shaped by a vast system of harbors, is now being completely redeveloped into a neighborhood for living and working. This created an opportunity for the city to create Amsterdam’s first circular urban development. To do so, they brought in Metabolic to create a vision and action plan.
As a result of the sustainability tenders by the municipality, two unique projects have come forth. De Ceuvel, consisting of retrofitted houseboats placed on land, and Schoonschip, a newbuilt floating housing community. Aiming at setting a new pattern for urban development, both sites have high sustainability targets: 100% renewable electricity, heating and hot water, 100% water self sufficiency, 100% waste water management, 50-70% nutrient recovery, 10-30% food production on site for de Ceuvel and for Schoonschip these goals are even set higher. By integrating different resource flows and developing smart financial scenarios, both developments yield a high return on investment for the applied clean technologies and have become financially feasible for the communities.
- Water will play a more prominent rule in the urban landscape of Buiksloterham in the future, both as a recreational and mobility feature.
- Around 6.500 people will live in Buiksloterham and around 8.000 additional people will work here once the development is completed. 30% of Buiksloterham is projected to be dedicated to social housing.
- Retail and commercial facilities will only be located around the Klaprozenweg.
- An extensive grid of main and side streets will be built with idea of increasing accessibility and dispersing traffic.
- By widening the public roads, more space is created for bicycles, which will heighten the demand for bike storage spaces. It is planned to create at least one bike parking per 25m2 housing.
- The municipality has projected to make the area more accessible by water for both recreational purposes and mobility.
- The municipality aims to facilitate the switching of different modes of transport (from public transport to individual sustainable transport like bikes, e-bikes and electric vehicles)
- Buiksloterham holds an opportunity of creating a continuous green link between the Klaprozenscheg and the rest of Amsterdam North.
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