Amsterdam Architecture Day

Forty self-build projects open their doors!

The theme of this year’s Amsterdam Architecture Day is self-build. In recent years some areas of the city have undergone a true metamorphosis as a result of the sale and development of self-build plots. Forty buildings will open their doors to visitors for the first time. Amsterdam Architecture Day offers a unique look inside the world of self-build, a world in which individuals realize their own dream home.


Deserted sites on the edge of the city are becoming vibrant, interesting areas where pioneers shape their own environment. On Sunday 19 June, individuals, ranging from architects to craftsmen and self-build enthusiasts, will open the doors of their self-build homes in five areas of Amsterdam: Zeeburgereiland, IJburg, Houthaven, Buiksloterham and Borneo-eiland. On Saturday the self-build festival will kick off with a lecture marathon. Self-builders will share their adventures in the ‘tall stories’ tent, there are workshops, films and a selection of architectural models of some of the self-build projects.


Saturday 18 June:
Self-build festival at the Amsterdam Architecture Centre with workshops, films, models of some of the projects, drinks and nibbles and a lecture marathon with, among others, Jaap Evert Abrahamse, well known for his book De grote uitleg van Amsterdam, about self-build in the Golden Age, and Wouter Valkenier (the Stadstimmertuin, de Ceuvel and Hannekes Boom) about his new collective project Gesamt. Adri Duivesteijn will speak about ‘Sociale Koop’, a scheme he devised as portfolio holder for Spatial Planning and Living in Almere, enabling citizens of Almere to design and build their own dream home.

Sunday 19 June:
Open House in forty projects in Zeeburgereiland, IJburg, Houthaven, Buiksloterham and Borneo-eiland, including guided tours of the dwellings and of the area.
Self-build dwellings as a result of private commissioning and collective private commissioning will open their doors; dwellings that are already some ten years old, such as the private houses on Steigereiland, but also dwellings that have recently been completed or will soon be completed. Examples of the latter category are BlackJack by BNB Architects, the Houtlofts by ANA Architects, various Superlofts by Marc Koehler Architects (MKA) and the PUUUR BLOK by PUUUR Architects, winner of the 2015 Zuiderkerk Award.

Additional programme:
Alongside the packed programme of lectures on Saturday and open houses on Sunday, there is also a varied additional programme. On Saturday there is an architecture workshop for children aged between seven and twelve at Borneo Architecture Centre (BAC), organized by Archikidz. On Sunday there will be bicycle tours through Buiksloterham about the area development here, also taking in the self-build in Nieuw-West, a walk around the development on Steigereiland, a guided tour by Projectbureau Houthaven about the developments there and a guided tour by the NDSM Yard Foundation of various self-build projects on this site.

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The programme is listed in Dutch. Please contact us via email if you have any questions on the programme or tickets.

Day Ticket: €7,50 / Weekend Ticket: €12,50
Free entrance for children under 18
Tickets are available in our webshop

The Amsterdam Architecture Day is organised by Architecture Centre Amsterdam in collaboration with BNA Kring Amsterdam-Kennemerland.

WIth special thanks to our sponsors:  Maxilia Relatiegeschenken en Roast Beans on Wheels.


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