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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Masterplan of Havenstraat in Amsterdam, the Netherlands by Allard Architecture

June 16th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Allard Architecture

With primary focus for new construction in Amsterdam South, 2700 new houses will be developed in the Havenstraat and Zuidas zones.The Havenstraat masterplan is currently the biggest project in this area, with construction due to start in 2014. The plans are yet to be finalised, as the city must reclaim the land from companies which occupy the existing temporary buildings. Allard Architecture was triggered by these plans to develop a dwelling scheme that adapts to the specific qualities of the Havenstraat, near the Olympic stadium in Amsterdam.

Existing situation: Industrial area as termination of pedestrian green boulevard

  • Architect: Allard Architecture
  • Name of Project: Masterplan of Havenstraat
  • Location: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

­A long term development project extending to 2019 calls for 4500 houses to be constructed in the southern area of Amsterdam. A large building complex on the Havenstraat is planned to consist of the first 500.

Main image of design proposal

The representative for Environmental Planning, stated that while all current projects will continue as planned, 100 new urban projects are to be stopped due to the lack of funds at cause of the economic crisis. There is yet a large demand for new houses in various parts of the city, and through extensive consideration, it was decided to give consent to selected development projects.

Main image of design proposal

An industrial area and green boulevard are the primary aspects of the site. Currently, there is a defining line between the two, with the historic museum-tram running along the perimeter of the boulevard. Allard Architecture has developed a proposal for a new housing scheme with the design objective to provide a continuation of the boulevard with a green wedge and three dwelling volumes. The scheme is planned in such a way to allow the museum tram to loop within the buildings and new green zone, thus touching the urban fabric. The design acts as a means to link these aspects of the area, with lines of movement along each volume reaching out towards the heart of Amsterdam.

Existing situation: Historic museum tramline runs alongside the boulevard

Proposal: Continuation of green wedge and boulevard into an agglomeration of three dwelling volumes

Proposal: Historic museum tram loops around dwelling volumes through the green wedge, touching urban fabric

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