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Bajeskwartier will be an inspiring district within the Amsterdam ring road. A place to live, do business, learn, create and relax. The Bijlmerbajes, which is not in the Bijlmer, by the way, used to be a place you’d rather avoid. Now a green, creative and bustling district will take its place in Overamstel, where everyone is welcome. Bajeskwartier will have space for start-ups, education, art, restaurants and cafés, workshops, studios, a school and much more. Bajeskwartier will be an exuberantly green hotspot for genuine urbanites.

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.


Learning District

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Learning District
The Learning District will be home to Spinoza20First, a secondary Dalton school with sports halls and a youth centre. There will be around 280 student flats, as well as Hotel Jansen with 200 short-stay apartments providing a temporary home for international students. They share all kinds of spaces with each other and with the neighbourhood, such as a laundry bar, a café and a sports school. On the foundations of the former prison officers’ quarters a green square will be laid out; the perfect spot to enjoy the sun and relax. And on the site of the former prison governor’s villa, the Bajesdorp artist collective will create a breeding ground with living accommodation and workspace for creatives.

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Design District

The bustling, creative heart of Bajeskwartier with culture, food, homes and sustainable innovation. View item

Design District
The former main building of the Bijlmerbajes prison, the church and one of the prison towers are being redeveloped as a creative, inspirational hotspot. With offices, galleries, workshops, studios for artists, a restaurant, café and a fresh-food market, there’ll always be something going on. The Design District will focus above all on sustainability. The tower of the former women’s prison will become the ‘Groene Toren’; a green tower with space for urban farming and a vertical park, education and a unique climbing route. Down in the basement a composting machine will generate energy from organic waste. And at the top of the tower there will be a fantastic restaurant and viewing platform with panoramic views of the city of Amsterdam.

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Groene Toren

Central District

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Central District
In the Central District, all kinds of homes will be created in bold and sustainable buildings. Around 340 in total. Owner-occupied homes in different designs and sizes, rented homes in the mid-price and higher segment, and social rented homes of De Alliantie. Bajeskwartier will be a district where every urbanite will feel at home. There will also be space in the Central District for sports, children’s daycare and a health centre. The district embraces a sense of community: people meet each other on the street or in one of the many themed gardens. A new street will link Bajeskwartier with the rest of Amsterdam.

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Amstel District

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Amstel District
Around 290 rented and owner-occupied apartments will be built in the Amstel District. In modern, strikingly designed tower blocks, all kinds of people will settle in their new home. What they all have in common is their love of city life, but they want it to be green and sustainable too. Almost 70 linked gardens will be created in Bajeskwartier, including vegetable gardens, water gardens, playgrounds and sports pitches. It will be the greenest new district in Amsterdam; the perfect place for relaxed and healthy living. But the Amstel District is most definitely for urbanites, close to Spaklerweg metro station and the main roads out of the city, and near Amsterdam city centre.

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The greenest district in Amsterdam

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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Sustainable city of the future

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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An iconic place: then and now

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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The new Amsterdam Oost

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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Healthy Urban Living

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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Amsterdam icon with a notorious past

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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Planning Bajeskwartier



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  • Q1 2016

    Rijksvastgoedbedrijf invites tenders

  • Q3 2016

    Tender awarded to the ‘Bajeskwartier Amsterdam’ plan

  • Q2 2017

    Development of plan

  • Q2 2018

    Development of plan

  • Q3 2019

    Start of demolition of 5 towers

  • Q2 2020

    End of demolition work

  • Q2 2020

    Construction of bridges on extended Amstelstroomlaan

  • Q3 2020

    Construction of railway underpass on Amstelstroomlaan

  • Q1 2021

    Start construction of Spinoza20first school and sports hall

  • Q2 2021

    Start construction underground car park/mobility hub

  • Q3 2021

    Hotel Jansen and rented homes for De Alliantie
    Start construction: october 2021

  • Q4 2021

    Sneak preview of first owner-occupied homes, building The Robin

  • Q2 2022

    Start sale The Robin

  • Q3 2022

    Start sale The Jay (upper floors)

    Start construction The Finch

  • Q4 2022

    Start sale The Ruby

    Start construction The Robin

  • Q1 2023

    Start construction The Jay

  • Q2 2023

    Start construction The Ruby

    Start construction The Starling

  • Q3 2023

    Expected completion Hotel Jansen / social housing

  • Q4 2023

    Start construction The Emerald

  • Q1 2024

    Expected completion The Finch

    Start sale The Stern

    Start sale The Cardinal

    Start sale The Oriole

  • Q2 2024

    Start sale The Emerald

  • Q3 2024

    Expected completion The Jay

    Start construction Green Tower

    Start construction Main Building

    Start construction The Stern

    Start construction The Cardinal

  • Q4 2024

    Expected completion The Robin

    Start construction The Oriole

  • Q2 2025

    Expected completion The Ruby

  • Q4 2025

    Expected completion The Starling

    Expected completion Green Tower

    Expected completion Main Building

    Expected completion The Stern

    Expected completion The Cardinal

  • Q3 2026

    Expected completion The Emerald

  • Q4 2026

    Expected completion The Oriole


Bajeskwartier is created in collaboration with many different parties. Large and small, for longer or shorter periods. Below is an overview.

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