Extensive planted areas, pocket parks, and rooftop terraces shape the ‘green artery’ of Amstel Design District, the new mixed-use development by Mecanoo.
The Dutch architecture studio has unveiled the future-orientated project in Amsterdam that is a scheme for a living and working community, including housing, public outdoor spaces, co-working spaces, and a design museum.
With a flexible framework, the six buildings designed for the 80,000-square-metre project are composed of stacked volumes and, while they will each vary in appearance, each structure will have a staggered form. This formation creates designated pockets for outdoor ‘green retreats’, where residents and visitors can relax and play.
As its located between a highway and metro line, Amstel Design District will become a significant addition to the city providing a full range of facilities and a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable community. Where some structures will be built entirely from wood, others will be built from a combination of steel and wood, or concrete and wood.
With a sense of wellbeing and social inclusion at its centre, the development seeks to “integrate and enhance the in-between spaces for informal meetings and chance encounters,” as the Mecanoo design team explains.
“We aim to create a healthy flow between work and life, individual and collective spaces for the residents. This results in a new district that embraces work-life effectiveness for the community with shared spaces for physical fitness, family time or hobbies.”
Described by Mecanoo as “future-orientated”, Amstel Design Distict will house a mix of social housing, mid-rent residential and private sector homes, as well as also accommodating office and co-working spaces and an 800-square-metre design museum. This masterplan integrates adaptability to ensure long-term resiliency and flexibility.
Patios and planted rooftops, referred to as ‘green retreats’, punctuate the working environments and allow for a direct connection to nature – something that is quite often lost in city workplaces. Green roofs incorporate solar panels and provide water retention, whilst enhancing biodiversity.
Project name: Amstel Design District
Location: Overamstel, 1097 RJ Amsterdam
Size: 80,000 m2
Status: Under development
Design team: Mecanoo and KettingHuls
Client: Connecting Concepts BV
Visuals: Courtesy of Mecanoo