Five plans for the redevelopment of the Bijlmerbajes on display in the former prison.
It was announces on September 12 that the former Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam will be redeveloped by a team lead by real estate developer AM, in which OMA is responsible for the masterplan of the 7.5 ha site, as well as the design of a significant portion of the 135,000 m2 building development, in collaboration with FABRICations, LOLA Landscape and many others.
Bye Bye Bajes. Foto: Claudia Crobatia
The towers of the Bijlmerbajes have been a landmark in the periphery of Amsterdam for decades. With the city’s urban expansion to the north, south, east and west, the prison complex has gradually become a geographic center of Amsterdam’s new urban development, and can develop into a vibrant civic and cultural space.
The original prison masterplan was comprised of six linked towers and an administrative building, with a series of courtyards and separate gardens. In OMA’s masterplan, the island character of the prison enclosed by walls is conceptually preserved, yet linked at several positions through new pedestrian and cycle bridges. The Bajes Kwartier is structured as a series of four clusters, each one with a strong character and program mix, to be linked via a central pedestrian + cycle path on the footprint of the former prison distribution spine, the Kalverstraat. One of the existing towers will be transformed into a Green Tower, a vertical public park to showcase Dutch urban farming concepts and a viewing platform for the neighborhood. The Bajes Kwartier will become a largely car-free environment, with gardens and areas for recreation and fitness.
Bye Bye Bajes
Date: 3 until
29 oktober 10 December.
Address: H.J.E. Wenckebachweg 48
Entrance & opening hours: Admisson free, from early in the morning till late in the evening.
The five consortia are:
ABC Nova B.V.
LODEWIJK BALJON Landschapsarchitecten
Plegt-Vos Infra & Milieu
Manuelle Gautrand Architecture
Noha, urban strategies + cultural intelligence
Tijs van den Boomen
Round Hill Capital & Stadium Capital Partners
Paul de Ruiter Architects
MOOi lost op
CF Møller Architects
Bureau Stedelijke Planning
WAX Architectural Visualisations
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