|Category||Bedrijven, Commercieel, Leisure|
The Amsterdam Marina is situated in the widest section of the IJ and was designed by the Amsterdam architectural office SeARCH architects. It was completed in 2013 and underlines the historic maritime character of the NDSM shipyard.
The Havengebouw (harbour master’s office) houses the headquarters of the HISWA, well known for its annual boat show ‘HISWA te Water’ and the boat show in the RAI. The HISWA wanted its headquarters to be close to these events and therefore chose a location in Amsterdam. Amsterdam City Council envisaged an eye-catching, high-quality building as part of the revitalization of the Northern IJ Waterfront.
The entire complex is built above water and is an extension of the existing yard. A characteristic element is the structure comprising curved wooden ribs, which creates a sheltered promenade. The eighteen, 12.5 metre high parabolic laminated wooden ribs give the building an open and airy character. These ribs support the structure and moreover create a subtle transition between the building and the harbour. The promenade enables visitors to walk around the outside of the building. The marina has 350 berths for pleasure craft, with additional moorings around the restaurant ‘Loetje’ where restaurant guests can moor their boats.
With a total floor area of 2600 m2, the Havengebouw houses a range of facilities. The HISWA is located on the top floor of the building, from where staff members have a stunning view over the IJ towards Amsterdam’s historic centre. The abundant use of glass contributes to the building’s transparent character. The building also contains offices and various facilities for the marina. On the ground floor are the harbour office and the restaurant Loetje with its spacious outdoor seating area. (ARCAM/ GB)