Annie M.G. Schmidt Huis (Silo Zeeburgereiland)

Arons en Gelauff architecten
ThisisJane Interieurontwerp
AM, De Alliantie, Stichting Annie M.G. Schmidt Huis

Annie M.G. Schmidthuis

Zeeburgereiland came into existence in its current form at the beginning of last century as a result of the dumping of sludge from the IJ and the Oostelijk Havengebied. Up until the fifties, it was an isolated and inaccessible area and was used only for military exercises and as a base for water planes. With the opening of the bridges Amsterdamse Brug and Schellingwouderbrug in 1957, the island became connected to the mainland. A number of companies located in the area and in the eighties a sewage works was built here. In 1996, the Piet Heintunnel was opened, the connection between the Oostelijk Havengebied and the A10 orbital motorway on Zeeburgereiland.

When in 2006 a new sewage plant opened in the Westelijk Havengebied and the sewage works on Zeeburgereiland became redundant, the old buildings were demolished. Only the fermentation tanks and two sludge pumping stations were preserved for nostalgic reasons. IJburg Project Office organized a competition to find a new use for the silos, which was won, in 2009, by the Annie M.G. Schmidt House. A museum telling the life story of this childrenÂ’s author in an historical context is scheduled to open in one of the silos in 2012. A spectacular childrenÂ’s playground is to be created on the roof. The other silos are to house, among other things, the restaurant Praq, exhibition spaces, a theatre and a cinema.

What is unusual about the project is that the silos are to be raised from 23 to 38 metres and the top storeys will be open. From here visitors will have a view of the city and the building developments in the immediate area; Zeeburgereiland is to be developed further in the coming decade into a residential area with 5500 dwellings. The silos are to be the cultural pivot of the island. (ARCAM)