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Doebaai

For Zeeburgereiland in Amsterdam APTO Architects develops a local neighbourhood hotspot. Families, students and status holders are mingling in an easy going environment.

A natural inclusive adventurous island for surrounding residents to discover local flavours in an easy going environment

Location Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Size 2.000 sqm
Client Gemeente Amsterdam
Timing 2021

Collaborative approach with high ambitions on circularity, social & nature inclusivity.

The municipality of Amsterdam was looking for a collaborative approach to develop, finance and realise a fully operational, temporary facility at Baaibuurt East, on the Zeeburgereiland, for a period of 10 years. With this in mind, the vision was to create a lively and connected environment, offering spaces for diverse and interesting food and hospitality experiences, start-up collaboration and work spaces, as well as study and social activities. The location will be developed with a high ambition on circularity, social and nature inclusivity. Materials are harvested from the demolisehd projects of the region. Plants are carefully selected in collaboration with ecologic experts, same as the birdhouses, insect hide aways and bat hangouts.

An overview of the island showing the picking garden, pavillions for restaurant, social activities and the outdoor bar.
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An island on an island.

Doebaai will be a free port in the middle of everyday life, a place to relax, where you can choose your own adventure. The concept of an imaginary island gives groups from different generations, cultures and backgrounds a place to find a new home and an opportunity to discover new flavours and surprising ideas together. The opening of this location will be around April 2022.

The island master plan consists of three pavilions with a landscaped area in between, linking and connecting the space and experiences as a whole. Central to the heart of the scheme is a restaurant. Embracing local and seasonal products, here the neighbourhood can come together to cook, eat and enjoy this shared space for everyone. In the surrounding landscape there are hubs for innovation and education and more pavilions dedicated to neighbourhood initiatives. With the vision and brief from the municipality on the table Apto Architects, together with the project team, developed the concept collaboratively over a number of workshops and inspiring ideation sessions. To fully realise the concept Apto Architects have partnered with Dynamo; a social partner in the area who brings connectivity for the team with local residents. With their human centered approach, Dynamo’s expertise will lead the team through engagement and collaborative initiatives with various community groups, harnessing the momentum of great ideas, business’ and relationships that already exist in the neighbourhood today.

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Connecting people

The concept aims to connect people and bring them together in a fun, innovative and sustainable way. Underpinned by a diverse programming of the space and by working together with the various partners, the goal is to ensure there is not only something to do in summer, but all year round; a truly activated environment. In order to build sustainable and ongoing relationships with people, Apto Architects believes it is essential to involve people. The programme will therefore always include and embrace initiatives from the local neighbourhood. By organising recurring activities and events, people are invited to experience the adventure together; something new every time. An annual festival opening of the ‘Harvest Garden,’ a vintage flea market and fresh food and produce markets will be open to different cultures from the neighbourhood. The island will be a place where people can share their own ‘home kitchen’ with the community, a place to celebrate the diversity of our city and the villages within it.

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