Around 1350 owner-occupied and rented homes, workspace, studios and workshops will be created in Bajeskwartier. Large and small, from luxury to basic and for different lifestyles and budgets. All kinds of people will feel at home here. Bajeskwartier will be a district for urbanites who have a different vision for their city. Sustainable, healthy and creative.
You will find much more than just homes in Bajeskwartier. There will be galleries, fantastic restaurants, a climbing route, school and health centre, plus workshops, studios and cafés. But despite its urban vibe, Bajeskwartier will also be the greenest new district in Amsterdam that invites a healthy lifestyle. Almost 70 linked gardens will be created, interspersed with water features and squares.
In the Groene Toren (Green Tower), the symbol of everything Bajeskwartier stands for, there are even plans for a vertical park and urban farming on different floors. And everywhere there will be space to play and enjoy sports.
The gardens and green spaces contrast beautifully with the iconic modern architecture and the rough buildings of the old prison. This visible history gives the district character; nowhere else will be quite like it. Inspiration, experience and progress are central themes in Bajeskwartier. The Living Lab based here is continuing to carry out research into the city of the future. It will be an innovative district, focusing on sustainability and circularity and for living healthily and happily in the city. Bajeskwartier, a forward-looking district, with respect for the history of this notorious site close to the Amstel river.
Bajeskwartier will be a green oasis in the heart of the city. The residential tower blocks will stand in a landscape of almost 70 linked gardens. Each garden has its own character so there will always be a green space to play and enjoy sports, or simply to find a little peace and quiet, meet neighbours or enjoy a little gardening without interruption. All the greenery will filter fine particles and encourage biodiversity. Bajeskwartier will have restricted car access and is designed with pleasant footpaths and cycle paths. Cars will only be parked underground and residents can make use of shared transport, such as e-bikes, motor scooters and cars. A place to live in green surroundings, in the heart of the city.
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Bajeskwartier aims to become the most sustainable urban district in the Netherlands. It will be energy-neutral through the use of solar panels and other renewable energy sources. The ‘thermal grid’ will distribute and exchange heat and cold in the district. Bajeskwartier is being built according to circular principles and no less than 98% of the materials from the old prison buildings is being reused. The cell doors, for example, will be used in the bridges and the old prison wall will be repurposed as a climbing wall, with nest boxes for birds as well as shelters and crevices for insects. Bajeskwartier has been designed to be nature-inclusive and climate-adaptive. During the coming years, forward-looking pioneers in sustainability will continue to work in Bajeskwartier on the city of the future.
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Bajeskwartier is forward-looking, but also wants to do justice to the history of this notorious place. Eleven firms of architects are working on Bajeskwartier, led by the internationally renowned firm OMA. This will ensure not only the highest quality of architecture, but also variety and unity. All the buildings in the district will have their own identity and be modern, distinctive and iconic.
But parts of the former prison will also be retained, such as the main building, large sections of the perimeter wall, one of the towers and the urban layout of a long linking road with the buildings on either side. The ‘seventh tower’, designed at the time but never built, will now be developed after all.
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Close to Amstel Station and only 10 minutes by bike to Amsterdam city centre, Bajeskwartier is at a perfect location. In bustling Overamstel, beside the Amstelkwartier and within the city ring road. The metro could not be closer and the motorway exits are just 5 minutes away by car, so you can be out of the city in no time should you so wish. But Bajeskwartier itself has so much to offer and its surroundings are well worth exploring. Overamstel is a lively new area in Amsterdam Oost with a city beach, fantastic places to eat and drink, workspace, art studios and other hotspots.
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Bajeskwartier is a perfect example of a neighbourhood for Healthy Urban Living. The design of the district contributes to healthy and happy living. By creating light and airy homes, with sustainable materials, good acoustics and a healthy indoor climate. By keeping cars out of the district as much as possible and parking them underground, and filtering fine particles. But also by creating a beautiful landscape, with space for playgrounds, vegetable gardens, sports and walks. For meeting people and for peace and quiet. The Living Lab is constantly gathering new knowledge on keeping Bajeskwartier healthy, both now and in the future.
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Bajeskwartier will be built on the site of the former ‘Bijlmerbajes’ prison, which wasn’t in the Bijlmer district, by the way, but in Overamstel. Many well-known criminals served time in the prison, which was designed by the architect Jacoba Pot-Keegstra and completed in 1978. The building, initially without bars on the windows or barbed wire along the perimeter walls, reflected the spirit of the 1970s: not designed to punish, but to rehabilitate criminals. Following dozens of escapes, the buildings were eventually turned into a traditional prison. Following the closure of the prison the Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (Government Buildings Agency) held a design contest for a new use of the site. Bajeskwartier design emerged as the proud winner.
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Rijksvastgoedbedrijf (Central Government Real Estate Agency) invites tenders
The tender is awarded to the ‘Bajeskwartier Amsterdam’ plan
Development of plan
Development of plan
Start of demolition of 5 towers
End of demolition work
Construction of bridges on extended Amstelstroomlaan
Construction of railway underpass on Amstelstroomlaan
Start construction of Spinoza20first school and sports hall
Start construction of underground car park with mobility hub
Start construction of Hotel Jansen and rented homes (A) for De Alliantie
Sneak preview of first owner-occupied homes in building G - the Robin
Start construction of building H - the Jay
Sale of homes in building G - the Robin
Start sale of homes in building E - the Ruby
Start construction of building D
Start construction of building F
Start construction of building G - the Robin
Start construction of the Green Tower
Completion of Spinoza20first school and sports hall
Start construction of building E - the Ruby
Start sale of homes in The Emerald - KLM building
Start sale of building C - the Cardinal
Completion of car park
Start sale of homes in building J - the Oriole
Completion of building H - the Jay
Start construction of the Main Building
Start construction of building B
Start construction of building C - the Cardinal
Start construction of the Emerald - KLM building
Completion of Hotel Jansen and rented homes (A) for De Alliantie
Completion of building F
Completion of the Groene Toren
Completion of building G - the Robin
Completion of building E - the Ruby
Completion of building D
Completion of the main building
Completion of building B
Completion of building C - the Cardinal
Completion of the Emerald – KLM building
Completion of building J - the Oriole
Bajeskwartier is created in collaboration with many different parties. Large and small, for longer or shorter periods. Below is an overview.