DoebaaiAmsterdam

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

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 activity. 

Milan Bergh: ‘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.’ Milan says, ‘We will keep the name of our new island concept a secret for a while, at least until summer when we can celebrate together and announce it in a more fun and festive way.’ 

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zeeburg's new imaginary island

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. 

Milan: ‘Our office is located on Cruquius Island. We’re always interested in what’s happening in our area, spatially in our ‘neighbourhood’ and how the people in our community are connecting with each other. When we became aware of the competition, we put our heads together to form a project team with Yuval Herrmann from ZHN management, Bas Lammersen and Seger Abels, restaurateur from renowned Sjefietshe, in The Pijp. We are all no strangers to collaboration and working together.’ 

With the vision and brief from the municipality on the table Apto, 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 centred approach to design, 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.

Milan: ‘We of course are already big advocates of this approach and this way of working together, excited to soon envision a place where we ourselves will also love to be!’ 

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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 believe 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.

location Amsterdam
size 2000m2
client Gemeente Amsterdam
timing 2021
Mark Halbmeijer
Mark Halbmeijer
Milan Bergh
Milan Bergh
Maarten Filius
Maarten Filius
Kris Schouten
Kris Schouten
Eliza Janmaat
Eliza Janmaat
Bas Overweg
Bas Overweg
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