De Toekomst

René van Zuuk Architecten
AFC Ajax, Amsterdam
Bouwcombinatie stadion, Amsterdam
Metro 51-53-54
Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1994-96, Amsterdam 1997, p. 106-107; Bart Lootsma, 'Training center De Toekomst, Amsterdam', Domus, no 709 1997, p. 44-50; Robbert Roos, 'De jeugd heeft de toekomst', Archis, no 12/1996, p. 28-37.

Training facilities for Ajax-youth

This project forms part of the new accommodation in Amsterdam-Zuidoost for the Amsterdam football club Ajax. The first team is accommodated in Amsterdam ArenA and a new building has been constructed close by for youth training and the reserve team.

Van Zuuk received the commission to design a sports and administrative complex covering 4,000 square metres, including the complete interior, two stands, dugouts, backstops and a building for the sale of tickets.

The main building consists of six segments with shed roofs which slot into each other. As a result, a chink of light falls in the spaces below. On the ground floor are the changing rooms, the physiotherapy rooms and the gymnasium. The first floor houses offices and a canteen.

The shape of the shed roofs is repeated in the curved form of the main stand with its 1,250 seats. The main stand’s canopy is supported by a thick arcuate steel tube which hangs from the front of the roof on steel cables. This tube is connected to two masts, so that there is an uninterrupted view of the pitch. The curved structure echoes ArenA’s similar structure – Ajax youth teams’ultimate goal. (ARCAM/BM)