Dutch architectural firm, HofmanDujardin, introduces a revolutionary, life-enhancing urban strategy for the city of Amsterdam. Oamsterdam offers an innovative plan to connect the northern district to the rest of the city. Mirroring the form of the exiting half-circle of the north, we will create a circular path through the city, thus restoring Amsterdam’s historic connection to the water and opening up the waterfront. The inner ring will be a vital new connection uniting areas of the city, bringing space and air to the historic, crowded centre.
Amsterdam is embracing ideas to enlarge the city-centre and initiatives to make it into a truly innovative city, ready for the future. In alignment with these goals, HofmanDujardin introduces a revolutionary, life-enhancing urban strategy, Oamsterdam. It creates a circular, 16-kilometer circumference, bustling new city-centre for Amsterdam. The new ring is a total rethinking of the city. The redevelopment of the city’s inner ring will create fantastic new areas throughout the whole city. The redevelopment extends from all adjacent open spaces; from repurposed buildings to two new bridges over the Ij.
By connecting the northern part of the city, decentralizing the city-centre and activating the ring now used solely by cars, Oamsterdam lays out a masterplan that encompasses all of the difficulties the city is facing and addresses its functional ambitions for the future. Oamsterdam will accommodate valuable programmatic additions to the city. HofmanDujardin envisions a natural park along the road and canals, a new food market in a current parking lot, urban farming in a former bank building, various sports facilities along the new ring and a city beach at the Ij waterfront. Further into the future, the city may have air ships, silent floating cars and delivery drones.
Holograms will surround us and the streets will be a multimedia surface with interactive features. Oamsterdam will be ready to accommodate these innovations. Oamsterdam will create new connections within the urban fabric, leading to a larger city-centre. The bridges, already under discussion, will be rooted in a larger plan for the city. At a practical level, the ring will connect the existing cultural, creative, financial and historical areas of the city. Presenting Oamsterdam as an urban strategy for Amsterdam, HofmanDujardin expects to enter the discussion of how we see the future of Amsterdam—a fabulous Amsterdam. Source by HofmanDujardin.
- Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Architects: HofmanDujardin
- Project Team: Barbara Dujardin, Michiel Hofman and Arjen Aarnoudse
- Visualizations: A2 Studio
- Year: 2016
- Images: Courtesy of HofmanDujardin
Article by Marco Rinaldi