Paul de Ruiter

Amsterdamse Poort

Sustainable transformation in the centre of Amsterdam Zuidoost

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Amsterdamse Poort is a shopping area in Amsterdam Zuidoost with a variety of stores, offices, and homes. The area is located east of BijlmerArena station and consists of several clusters that will be transformed into a modern shopping area with a vibrant mix of living, shopping, and working.

Paul de Ruiter Architects is responsible for the transformation and design of the largest part of Cluster 7. The stores at ground level will be modernized, the current parking deck will make way for large green inner gardens and 400 new homes will be built. A sustainable, green and socially safe living environment is the starting point of the design.

Housing, BREEAM, Circular

Transformation of the shopping area.

The current shopping area from the 80s is outdated and will be transformed in the plan. The stores and the plinth will be renewed with much attention paid to beautiful and durable materials that reflect the quality and variety of the current stores. Above the plinth, there will be a continuous planter with climbing plants that grow on the existing facade above. These green elements in the facade and the climbing plants will green the shopping area, increasing the biodiversity in the area.

A sustainable living environment

The current Cluster 7 consists largely of (vacant) stores on the first floor with a large parking deck above. The current parking deck will disappear and make way for housing and large green inner gardens. The construction of the current parking deck will be reused and the new and current residents will soon be able to meet each other in the inner gardens, read a book, and enjoy a place where plenty of greenery is growing.

In the new blocks around these courtyard gardens, quality of life and living comfort is central. The courtyard gardens will have a wide wooden residential gallery which will be directly connected to the courtyard gardens by external stairs. This creates a simple and fast connection between the houses and the inner gardens. In addition, within the project, much attention is paid to the human scale and a mix of housing types is made to suit different target groups. The building blocks are characterized by an urban and sturdy low-rise and a light high-rise. With this typology, the design fits in with the other new developments in the area.

Nature-inclusive: the building as a rocky landscape

In the current Cluster 7, there is little green space to be found. However, the adjacent Bijlmerpark offers possibilities to draw green and biodiversity into the cluster. To make this possible the building is designed as a rock landscape. Green spots are created at different heights and climbing plants are placed on parts of the facade. Through this 'stepping stone' principle various birds and butterflies can enter the inner gardens. Together with the nesting boxes in the facades, this will increase the biodiversity of the area. Various green advisors are involved in the plan to ensure that all plants and trees will soon have enough room to grow. Rainwater will be collected in water crates under the green roofs so that the inner gardens can be provided with water.

An integral and sustainable design.

The plan meets the stricter Amsterdam BENG requirements. Renewable energy sources are used and the residual heat from the stores is used to heat the homes. The transformation plans are certified with a BREEAM-in-use excellent certificate.

Together with the municipality and several green consultancies we looked at how the plan can be elaborated. The current residents are involved in the design of the inner gardens which will be developed by Arcadis Landscape. The master plan of the Amsterdamse Poort was made by MVSA Architects and the third block on the lot was designed by BurtonHamfelt Urban Architecture.

Project details


Name and location Amsterdamse Poort
Address Cluster 7, Amsterdamse Poort
Total floor area 35,000 m2 BVO living area and 15,000 m2 commercial space
Start of design fall 2018
Sustainability Sustainable living environment, circular transformation, nature inclusive, meets Amsterdam BENG, BREEAM in-use excellent


Client CBRE Investment Management / 3W Real Estate
Project architect Paul de Ruiter en Joris Korbee
Project team Matthijs Engele, Tim Bakker, Murat Yavuzoglu, Alex Pieterse, Paul Bordei, Yamoh Rasa, Vera Laitão
Contractor Hurks
Landscape architect Arcadis Landscape architecture
Constructor IMd Raadgevende Ingenieurs
Other parties involved Hiensch Engineering - Installation, BENG and BREEAM advisor Blonk Advies - Building physics, Acoustics and Fire Safety Koninklijke Ginkel Groep - greenery advisor Bartenbach - light advisor

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