The industrial area of Cruquiuseiland in the former eastern port area of Amsterdam will gradually be transformed into a lively new neighbourhood.
In our design for this urban transformation public spaces play a crucial role. Good connections with the surroundings were established by introducing two new bridges for pedestrians and bicycles.
The industrial heritage of the Cruquiuseiland area is still very tangible. Cranes, silos, sand funnels and railways tracks have been preserved and are the starting points for new developments. They are the historical elements that allow for creative anecdotes in the urban pattern of the new area. To increase this effect a monumental historical crane from the port area is placed at the head of the peninsula and functions as an iconic structure from the past. On top of this steel structure a restaurant can be developed providing spectacular views on the surrounding area.
For the paving of the pedestrian areas along the quays of Cruquiuseiland special red concrete tiles with a strong ornamental pattern have been designed. In doing so, the fragments of the industrial past represent precious treasures on a beautiful red carpet.