Sandlands, Amsterdam-Sloterdijk (NL) – Industrial and commercial space is becoming increasingly scarce, and the municipality of Amsterdam is looking for new ways to make full use of the industrial space we have. Under the supervision of architect Don Murphy, the Municipality of Amsterdam (DRO) REDscape invited to develop a vision on the future management and use of the public domain in Sloterdijk III and the surrounding areas. Currently there are 58,5 ha lots available for development (until 2020) in 82 acres of roads, green and water (20 he has), what the potential area of the public domain on an area of 140,5 hectares brings, about 55% of the total surface.
To investigate the landscape of Sloterdijk III, we selected five themes to focus on. These include: historical development, ecology, public domain, connections, and contact with the environment and the programme. We developed a series of ideas and propositions around these themes and brought them together into one vision for Sloterdijk III, the so-called “Sand Lands”.
With about 227 ha, Sloterdijk III is one of the last major industrial areas in the city of Amsterdam. The area is located in the heart of the Amsterdam ports and borders the Spaarnwoude recreation area to the west and south.. With the completion of the Westrandweg in 2012 a new highway will connect Sloterdijk III with Schiphol and the Amsterdam ring road, likely leading to a new influx of businesses to the area. At the same time it will create a new belvedere on the harbor and raise awareness of this largely undiscovered landscape. The WCG site has been developed over the years 70, it contains a mix of heavy and light industrial activities, including a number of important city functions, such as the municipal incinerator and the water treatment plant.
Client: Municipality of Amsterdam (DRO Amsterdam)
Team: Supervision: Olga Van De Ven, Arjan Snellenberg, Don Murphy: REDscape: Patrick Mc Cabe, J. Braaksma: Urban ecologist: Martin Melchers