Oosterdoks Island Masterplan
The Oosterdoks Island is a key area of the redevelopment of the southern bank of
the IJ river in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The area connects the inner city
with the newly developed living and working areas on the old harbour piers along
the IJ. In order to assess the feasibility of the proposed brief and site the client
(Amsterdam City Council and the developer MAB) commissioned EEA to produce
a masterplan for the area. The objectives of this now endorsed plan were to
provide a framework for the spatial and programmatic possibilities of the
redevelopment. A unique urban model for the southern part of the island, that
faces the inner harbour, has been developed creating an inner city environment
with a vibrant character that maintains the identity and atmosphere of this
distinctive place in the city. The building plots are defined by a series of radiating
streets, a characteristic theme of Amsterdam, and contain a diverse and dense
mix of functions. The new public spaces play an important role in the
development of the urban plan by connecting to the various building programme
and activities as well as to a waterfront quay that optimises the harbour views. As
a result of the high density and varied mix of functions, the spatial masterplan
strategy has created a distinct urban architecture solution. The design aims to
combine building and public space in such a way that creates a lasting urban
structure as an extension of the city. For the architectural development of the
individual plots twelve international architects, including EEA, have been selected
to progress the design of the largest site to date of downtown Amsterdam. The Oosterdoks Island is a key area of the redevelopment of the southern bank ofthe IJ river in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. The area connects the inner citywith the newly developed living and working areas on the old harbour piers alongthe IJ. In order to assess the feasibility of the proposed brief and site the client(Amsterdam City Council and the developer MAB) commissioned EEA to producea masterplan for the area. The objectives of this now endorsed plan were toprovide a framework for the spatial and programmatic possibilities of theredevelopment. A unique urban model for the southern part of the island, thatfaces the inner harbour, has been developed creating an inner city environmentwith a vibrant character that maintains the identity and atmosphere of thisdistinctive place in the city. The building plots are defined by a series of radiatingstreets, a characteristic theme of Amsterdam, and contain a diverse and densemix of functions. The new public spaces play an important role in thedevelopment of the urban plan by connecting to the various building programmeand activities as well as to a waterfront quay that optimises the harbour views. Asa result of the high density and varied mix of functions, the spatial masterplanstrategy has created a distinct urban architecture solution. The design aims tocombine building and public space in such a way that creates a lasting urbanstructure as an extension of the city. For the architectural development of theindividual plots twelve international architects, including EEA, have been selectedto progress the design of the largest site to date of downtown Amsterdam.

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