Future vision for Sloterdijk III, Amsterdam harbour area
- Cliënt: Municipality of Amsterdam (DRO Amsterdam)
- Team: Supervisie: Olga van de Ven, Arjan Snellenberg, Don Murphy: REDscape: Patrick Mc Cabe, J. Braaksma: Stadsecoloog: Martin Melchers
- Year, status: 2011, afgerond
Sandlands, Amsterdam-Sloterdijk (NL) – Industrial space is increasingly in short supply, and the city of Amsterdam is searching for new ways to make full use of its potential. Under the supervison of architect Don Murphy, the City of Amsterdam (DRO) invited REDscape to develop a vision over the future management and use of the public domain in Sloterdijk III and surrounding areas. Currently there are 58.5 ha of plots available for development ( till 2020) as well 82 ha of roadways, green and water ( 20 ha) bringing the potential area of public domain to a total area of 140.5 ha, approximately 55% of the total area.
To investigate the landscape of Sloterdijk III, we selected five themes to explore in more detail. These included, historical development, ecology, public realm, connections & contact with the surroundings and programme. We developed a series of ideas and statements around these themes and unified them into a single vision for Sloterdijk III , called “Sand lands”.
At approximately 227ha Sloterdijk III is one of the last large industrial areas in the city of Amsterdam. Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s harbours, Sloterdijk III is bordered in the west and south by recreational zones Spaarnwoude, With the completion of the Westrandweg in 2012, a new motorway connecting Sloterdijk III with Schiphol airport and Amsterdam’s ring, will likely result in a new influx of businesses to the area, at the same time creating a new belvedere to the harbour as well as an awareness of this largely undiscovered landscape.The site which was developed in the 1970’s, contains a mix of heavy and lighter industrial activities, including a number of important city functions such as the municipal incinerator and water purification plant.