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At the head of the new Sluisbuurt in Amsterdam, Rijkswaterstaat is developing a center for guiding shipping traffic and operating locks and bridges on the corridor of Amsterdam/Rotterdam – Germany. This Corridor Centrale Scheepvaart Amsterdam (CCSA) (english: Control Center Nautical Transport Corridor) will be a new icon on the northern edge of the future metropolitan residential area on Zeeburgereiland (approx. 5,000 homes). In addition to operating and supervision of the shipping traffic, the building provides space for the national crisis information desk, a training and innovation center and a visitor center.

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In opdracht van Rijkswaterstaat stelde NOHNIK een gebiedsvisie op. Dit in samenwerking met de gemeente AOn behalf of Rijkswaterstaat, NOHNIK created an area vision. This in collaboration with the municipality of Amsterdam and other stakeholders. The central task here is the relationship of the CCSA with the new city expansion, the public Sluispark, the IJ and the existing locks and the city. With existing qualities such as the grand open water, the dynamics of the waterway and cultural-historical values ​​as a starting point.

New metropolitan waterfront in the heart of Amsterdam

The essence of the vision is the development of a rich metropolitan waterfront. By transforming an anonymous frayed edge of the city into a high-quality urban living environment, the city is creating a new relationship with the water at this location. Public urban life is moving towards the water. At the same time, the water of ‘t IJ will be added to the city as a new, grand, public domain at this location.

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Het waterfront vormt een markant herkenningspunt in het landschap. Een krachtig stedelijk silhouet aan het The waterfront forms a striking landmark in the landscape. A powerful urban silhouette on the water, a landmark, a cape. The success of this metropolitan waterfront is determined by a safe operation and good functionality, a strong public character and a good connection with the environment. In addition, a high-quality appearance with international allure, suitable facilities, viewpoints and places to stay and multifunctional use of the public space are important.

Iconic, vibrant, ecological, functional

The Sluisbuurt, the Sluispark, CCSA and the hydraulic landscape are the spatial carriers for shaping the metropolitan waterfront. A rich transition and relationship is created between the urban residential environment of the Sluisbuurt and the water. This has been explored in depth on the basis of four perspectives: iconic waterfront, active waterfront, green waterfront and functional waterfront.

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Het iconische waterfront staat voor onderscheidende en hoogwaardige architectuur van internationale allure The iconic waterfront stands for distinctive and high-quality architecture of international allure and good visibility from the neighborhood and from the water. As a new icon, CCSA will become part of the series of existing icons along ‘t IJ (e.g. EYE, Amsterdam CS, Overhoeks, Pontsteiger).

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The active waterfront represents a multifunctional layout of the area with space for relaxation, sports, games, health, places to stay and experience. With attractive banks where the seasons, the dynamics of the water, and sunrises and sunsets can be experienced. The active waterfront exists by the grace of good facilities, connectivity and accessibility.

In the green waterfront, the emphasis is on the Sluispark as a ‘collective front yard’ of the Sluisbuurt, in which the experience of nature, light, air and space are central. The aim is to realize a park that is as large and green as possible at the edge of the water, with habitats for humans, plants and animals. The park forms a natural node with an ample scope for climate adaptation and strengthening biodiversity.

In the functional waterfront, the focus lays on a safe, accessible and liveable water landscape.

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NIn addition to the area vision, NOHNIK is working on an Integration Vision, an Ambition Document for the building, and a contribution to the urban development plan of the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Year: 2021
Type: vision, area development, urban planning, architecture, landscape
Client: Rijkswaterstaat
Size: approx. 70 hectares site and 5,000 m2 GFA building
Status: area vision completed and established, Integration vision and Ambition document architecture are under development