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Oosterdokseiland: Small island, great place

P8 - ODE to the area

P16 - becomes island dweller

P12 - The municipal executive speaks

P20 - Dining out at Choux & Scheepskameel

P14 - The bustling centre

P26 - Expeditie Oosterdok




Vaak heb ik zoele nachten Stil aan jou overs gestaan, Dan gingen steeds mijn gedachten Mee met je golfjes die hupp’lend verder gaan Daar bij het toov’rig lichten, Dat toch besefte ik pas Je stille pracht, je groote kracht, Hoe wondermooi je was.

Aan de overs van het IJ voel ik ’t geluk in mij, Bij ’t rinkelen van de tram ’t Is de harteklop van Amsterdam, Het zilveren waterlint Het y dat is mijn vriend, Daar droom ik van leed en van plezier Aan d’overs van mijn rivier. Louis Davids (De Jantjes)



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24 CONTENTS ODE to the dock.....................................................................6 ODE to the area......................................................................8 Accessibility.........................................................................10 Magnetic allure...................................................................12 The Hottest of Spots.........................................................14 ODE to the ‘new neighbour’............................................16 Spectacular finale..............................................................18 ODE to Epicurians ...........................................................20 First ODE residents...........................................................22 Insta-ODE...............................................................................24 Expeditie Oosterdok........................................................26 Ten-year-old OBA Central Library.........................29 ODE agenda..........................................................................30


Archive photos: Amsterdam Municipal Archives


The Oosterdok was built in the 1830s to prevent the Port of Amsterdam from silting up any more. In the mid-1870s, the Oosterdok lost its sheltered character once the Oranjesluizen (locks) were built at the level of the former Schellingwoude village. The Oosterdok locks were rendered obsolete. Halfway along the body of the dyke closing the dock, the Oosterdokseiland was filled in. Railway tracks were laid over the former locks and the dock became more difficult to access for bigger ships. The dock nonetheless retained its function as a harbour until well into the 20th century. Much of the water surface had been lost by that time due to developments including construction of the IJ tunnel. In the past decade, plans to strengthen the relationship between the city and the waters of the IJ have come to fruition1. The Oosterdok Urban Development Plan falls within this scope. This is a component of the Municipality of Amsterdam’s development plan for public space on the southern shores of the IJ.

Source: Oosterdok Cultural History Impact Assessment (phases I and II), 2011 Monuments & Archaeology Agency (Bureau Monumenten en Archeologie – BMA), Municipality of Amsterdam] 1

Oosterdok, from tranquil jetty to cosmopolitan hotspot The southern part of Oosterdokseiland was divided into six ‘lots’ in the Oosterdok urban development plan, separated by streets running diagonally to the quayside. Lot 1, the closest to Central Station, features the 4-star Double Tree by Hilton Hotel. Lot 2 now has everything from offices to apartments, shops and a few cafes and restaurants. An Albert Heijn supermarket will soon be established there, much to the enthusiasm of the island’s residents. Lot 3 is in use as a residential complex with shops and cafes and restaurants. For the past 10 years, lot 4 has held the new OBA Central Library. Lot 5 houses the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, with students from around the world. Lot 6, at the head of the island, where the Parcel Post building once stood, will see construction start this year for the social hub of, 42 apartments and 1,500 m2 of facilities, cafes and restaurants and/ or service providers on the ground floor of the building.


ODE to the area

BPD, area developer of the new Oosterdokseiland

Along with regionally operating development teams, BPD region North-West is active at numerous locations such as the Zuidas (South Axis) and Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam and, in Alkmaar, with the transformation of the Ringers plant and in Weesp, with area developer Weespersluis just outside of Amsterdam. Director Harm Janssen served as municipal executive and acting mayor of Utrecht and his portfolio included Finance, redevelopment of the Station Area, Monuments and Sport. In his current capacity, Janssen is keeping a very close eye on developments at ODE. His regional office will soon be relocating to the former ‘Burgerweeshuis’ (orphanage) in Amsterdam. The listed building, designed by Aldo van Eyck, will be transformed to house the new BPD offices close to the Olympic Stadium. “Relocation is a logical step,” says Janssen, “especially now since BPD is playing a supervisory and coordinating role with respect to area developments at an increasing number of locations within the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.” “ODE is a good example in this respect. This location in the city is familiar with the challenges of erecting a building of these dimensions. It’s important for me to join forces with our development team, the Municipality of Amsterdam and

our construction partners to find a way to achieve optimal results without causing too much of a nuisance to the direct surroundings, and under the critical eye of Amsterdam’s residents and the users of and visitors to Oosterdokseiland.” BPD aims to contribute towards creating living environments that are themselves alive. The area developer believes in neighbourhoods and districts that are welcoming for residents and visitors, where everyone can enjoy themselves working and living there. Urban centre development “As a major urban centre developer,” Janssen continues, “the creation – restructuring or functional adaptation – of urban locations is an important part of our work. Urban centre development is a complex process because there is so little space in the cities and the needs of so many parties must be served. Mobility and social well-being are among the aspects we have to take into account.”

LOT 5/6b 1 T  he design for lot 5/6b was created by the internationally renowned UNStudio (Ben van Berkel). Many are familiar with us as Bouwfonds (the building fund). But we bade farewell to that beautiful, typically Dutch name with effect from 1 January 2015. From then on, we became BPD, derived from the name of our former European holding company, Bouwfonds Property Development. With this more internationally-oriented name, we can more aptly express our current role and position as a leading European area developer.

2 The design is currently being elaborated into a technical design and has reached the work preparation phase. 3 A permit application has been submitted in order to commence construction. 4T  he permit application and zoning plan are currently available for inspection and are expected to be addressed by the Amsterdam Municipal Council by the end of July. 5 Construction will be carried out by several contractors. 6B  uilding preparation will start on 1 September. This includes establishing the construction chain, digging the construction pit, etc. 7 Construction work will start on 1 December. 8 Communication surrounding the start of construction as well as during the process, will be taken care of by Bas Regenbogen.

Harm Janssen, director at BPD region North-West

Backed by years of experience, BPD continues to contribute towards maintaining the vitality of Dutch cities. Area development is a long-term process involving significant financial interests, and requiring enormous organisational skill. The work never boils down to individual achievements, but always demands team performance. In practically all cases, numerous parties are involved including (local) government bodies, urban planners, housing corporations, architects and construction companies. Right from the outset, BPD was involved in developing Oosterdokseiland, fulfilling the role of initiator, director and cohesive partner.


13 min > Museumplein

18 min > NDSM

Considering its location in the heart of the city, ODE is exceptionally easy to access. You can use any form of public transport from the nearby Station island.


Schiphol is located 20 minutes away by train or car. The A10 ring road is roughly a 10-minute drive from the ODE car park via de Piet Hein tunnel or the IJ tunnel. Enjoy Amsterdam by

12 min > Dam

bicycle, winding along the picturesque canals. Zip passed the Concertgebouw or go shopping in the Haarlemmerstraat or the PC Hooftstraat. From ODE, you can cycle into the old city centre in no time. The ferry to the North, Overhoeks, the EYE film museum and the Oeverpark are at your doorstep... as is the IJ.

16 min > Schiphol

10 min > A10 (s116) 14 min > A10 (s102)


Magnetic allure Interview by Edwin Lucas

Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam nears completion

A spectacular, transparent building featuring park-like gardens on the rooftop. This will be the closing act of one of today’s biggest Western European urban centre development projects: Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam.

Offering a surface area of 225,000 m2, Oosterdokseiland is one of the biggest urban centre development projects in Western Europe. Development of the last two lots in the area next to Amsterdam Central Station kicked off recently. This serves as an ode to the city boasting a colourful combination of residential, commercial and public functions,


as well as a selection of cafes and restaurants. Eric van der Burg, Municipal Executive for Spatial Planning for the Municipality of Amsterdam: “It’s the same strong mix reflected in Amsterdam.”

Starters’ capital city According to Van der Burg, this success story exemplifies the city: “Relatively small companies can become big here. We are happy to give them space, because they can generate enormous employment opportunities. What’s more, we aim to become the capital for start-ups in Europe.” He mentions TomTom as a good example of a successful start-up. And not entirely by coincidence, will soon be close neighbours with TomTom on Oosterdokseiland, alongside and Adyen. Amsterdam evidently exudes magnetic allure when it comes to attracting creative enterprises of this order. Last year, the international European Digital Forum think tank placed Amsterdam second in the European Digital City Index, a ranking of 35 European cities with the most attractive business climate for digital start-ups. Only London pipped Amsterdam on the list. Start-ups like to establish themselves at easily accessible locations, surrounded by lots of activity, excellent facilities and young talent. Sauntering along the water’s edge Oosterdokseiland is the perfect place. Development of this area right next to Amsterdam Central Station began 15 years ago. The area development was delayed in the wake of the financial crisis, although the city and the initiators continued to believe in the venture. Following on from successful start-ups, you will now find the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, the OBA Central Library, a four-star hotel and a selection of cafes and restaurants. An inspiring blend of public and commercial functions was and still serves as the basic premise for developing this area. Developments in recent years show just how successful this approach is. Oosterdokseiland has expanded into an amazing place – an integral part of the inner city, where it merges seamlessly in terms of scale and character. Open areas provide opportunities for meeting one another and you see people sauntering along the water’s edge at the Oosterdokskade. And development of the last two lots by BPD is now in sight. Good luck “In terms of lessons learned, this project shows the worth of persevering with a strong concept,” says Van der Burg. “The crisis dealt a heavy blow. But we’ve had a stroke of good luck now: the city’s doing incredibly well. It shows that some things are just beyond one’s control. I think it’s a good thing we were not tempted to divide the area up into smaller lots. If you keep calm and confident in the future, everything works out.” Van der Burg is pleased that this empty area will now be filled in. “This will generate additional employment opportunities in the centre and the building promises to be spectacular. A genuine bonus for the city centre: transparent, open, light and featuring park-like rooftop gardens. The transparent aspect will ensure that the line of vision across the IJ from the city will not be broken and vice versa.”

Eric van der Burg Eric van der Burg has been an active participant in the Amsterdam political arena since 1987. Initially as a district council member and portfolio holder for the South-East urban district and then from 2001 to 2010, occupying a seat on the municipal council. In July 2014, Van der Burg commenced his second term as a municipal executive. He carries responsibility for portfolios including Care and Well-Being, Senior Citizens, Sport and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Urban Development and the South urban district.

Leading the pack The development ties in well with the city’s other ambitions. By 2020, the Municipality of Amsterdam aims to be using 20% more sustainable energy. The city is challenging the market to find even more sustainable construction methods. The sustainability criteria already applicable to Oosterdokseiland exceed the statutory requirements. Top-quality materials, geared to long-term use and value retention have already been selected for all the offices. And along with the shops and dwellings, they will be hooked up to the Long-Term Energy Storage (Dutch acronym: LTEO) system, providing electricity to the entire island through the underground heat and cold storage system. This reduces CO2 emissions by 65%. Eric van der Burg: “Amsterdam aspires to lead the pack in terms of sustainability. And this is reflected here as well. But this vastly exceeds the usual applications such as heat and cold storage and solar panels. I also think it’s very important that this site is in itself sustainable, thanks to its close proximity to the Central Station. The increased level of urban concentration we will achieve in the city is another contributing factor. It will lead to other, sustainable forms of transportation and logistics, and create an area that will be uplifting for many years to come. The more concentration and variety you create, the greater the chances of sustainable area development.” Urban hub The last two lots will be ready by 2020. The offices will be characterised by spacious working areas, numerous social areas, and different types of working environments. The building will become an urban hub, where a broad variety of people will be stimulated to establish contact with one another – both within and beyond the working environment in the public area. This means no closedoff offices; they must form part of the environment. In addition to offices, there will also be space for public facilities and apartments. According to Van der Burg, this colourful mix of functions is one of the other exceptional characteristics of this building.


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ODE to the “new neighbour” In 1996, was set up in Amsterdam by Dutch entrepreneurs and has not stopped growing since. Today it’s one of the leading and most internationally diverse e-commerce technology companies worldwide, and is proud to still call Amsterdam “home” after over 20 years, with the city serving as the company’s global headquarters, centre of product innovation, hub of global recruitment and home to all core business operations.


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Spectacular finale

Development of the last lot on ODE

At the end of Oosterdokseiland, to the east of the Conservatorium, BPD and UNStudio are developing an amazing office and residential complex. Project Director Jeroen Galle (BPD) and Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) comment on this spectacular finale on ODE, that ‘could easily become one of the most important symbols of the city’ according to the architect.

Ben van Berkel Ben van Berkel is a co-founder of UNStudio, an internationally oriented architectural agency with offices in Amsterdam, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The firm operates in close to 30 countries throughout the world. United Network Studio represents an extensive network of specialists in the fields of architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Van Berkel has designed architectural landmarks such as the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam and the Mercedes- Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

The economic crisis in 2008 was a good time for project director Jeroen Galle to critically examine the plans for the last lots on Oosterdokseiland. “We’d made great progress, but the crisis struck at the height of production. Under the motto of ‘never waste a good crisis’ we took a very close look at whether we should continue with our points of departure, or whether we could improve things further. We asked Ben’s agency to help us.” In choosing for UNStudio, BPD needed to take account of’s preferences since it would be establishing its headquarters on the site. The rapidly expanding company approached BPD to find a suitable site for its ‘Booking campus’ in Amsterdam. Galle: “Our proposal was to create more of an urban campus and to make the building an integral part of the city. embraced this idea,

opting for the agency and Ben’s approach. We’re very pleased with this.” In addition to offices, the building will also house the ‘Booking university’, the company’s own training institute. Centre of activity “The corner of the island is the best location to connect with the water and to combine the old and new worlds,” says Van Berkel. “Far from becoming something of a ‘dead corner’, it should be an attractive point full of life and activity, just like the rest of the island. With cafes, restaurants and terraces we aim to strengthen the dynamics even more, keeping things lively in the evening hours as well.” The dynamic mix of residential and commercial functions, culture, entertainment and leisure will be emphasised on this last section of ODE. In addition to the headquarters of, the 72,500 m2 lot (originally two lots joined together) will accommodate around 42 apartments and public facilities. The inner courtyard is key The building’s facade will be textured, featuring beautiful glass sections with no ‘hard-and-fast’ angles, says Van Berkel. “It’s going to be very sculptural, with the water reflecting in the glass facade, giving it a rural feel.” According to the architect, although the building may appear ‘closed’ from the outside, the contrary is true. “As you get closer you will quickly see that it is in fact a very open and transparent building. And one of its most important features will be an attractive, sizeable inner courtyard.” The centre of the building provides space for public functions including cafes and restaurants, as well as new, contemporary works important to a young company such as “There will be around 5,000 workstations, as well as other working environments and meeting places. Just watch, the places we never intended to be used for work will become the most popular work places of all,” Galle adds, chuckling.

Symbol of the city “It’s a scheduling performance of Olympic proportions, comparable with sprinting a marathon,” says Galle about developing the last lot. “Yes, it’s fast, lightning fast,” Van Berkel admits. “We have to fight hard to stay on track, but that’s also the challenge. The nice, unusual aspect to this project is the far from linear approach to working together. As an agency, with BPD as the principal, we don’t feel like we’re always conducting the orchestra but that we’re in the midst of everything as well.” According to Galle, the location and design have the potential ‘to be seen’. Van Berkel hopes so too. “I hoped that the Erasmus Bridge would deliver a spin-off for the ‘Kop van Zuid’ (a new neighbourhood in Rotterdam), but I never imagined it would become the symbol for Rotterdam. You can’t design icons; they have to grow. And I’m not saying it will happen, but it’s a significant and visible object, that could easily become an important building for the city.”

Jeroen Galle Jeroen Galle (Project Director BPD Area Development since 2014) has carried responsibility for developing Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam for several years in his capacity as project director. On behalf of BPD since 2014, previously in his capacity as Development Director for KP Investments, and before then, as ODE project director for the project initiator, MAB. In 2014, BPD (at that time still named Bouwfonds Ontwikkeling) took over development of the island from KP Investments.

“You can’t design icons, they have to grow”

Ben van Berkel and Jeroen Galle


ODE to the

Restaurant Choux, a stone’s throw from Amsterdam Centraal Station, is located in a distinctive, bright red building on the slightly quieter side of Oosterdokseiland, on De Ruyterkade. This charming restaurant on the ground floor of ‘Spring House’ is a flexible workspace for small innovative companies and is an initiative of the men behind the successful pop-up restaurants Repéré and Foyer in the Felix Meritis building.

Choux De Ruyterkade 128 020 210 3090

Choux’s interior is basic but cosy: simple tables, long benches, a few plants here and there and tiled walls. You can look into the open kitchen while being served by very friendly and knowledgeable staff.

The seasonal dishes prepared by cook Merijn van Berlo are a work of art. The food is organic and (when possible) prepared with local ingredients. The menu, which consists of one, three, four or seven courses, changes regularly. Choux has made a name for itself as a place that (mainly) serves tasty vegetables and fish. Patron Figo van Onna only pours natural wines, meaning wines made in the most natural way without the addition of sulphites and such. The wine packages are very surprising and in perfect balance with the interesting dishes. It’s best to book a table for lunch or dinner well in advance. Choux is closed on Sundays.



Scheepskameel Kattenburgerstraat 7 020 - 337 96 80

Scheepskameel The owners of the popular restaurant Rijsel opened a second restaurant in Amsterdam last year: Scheepskameel. While Rijsel focuses mainly on French cuisine, Scheepskameel focuses on German cuisine and wines. This restaurant has made such a name for itself in its one year of business that booking a table well i advance is not only recommended but a must. The name Scheepskameel is a term used in shipping. Invented in the 16th-century, a ship camel is an external flotation device that enabled trade ships to navigate the shallow water to the port of Amsterdam.

The restaurant is located on the naval base opposite Oosterdokseiland near the National Maritime Museum and the new bridge over the Dijksgracht. It’s a special place rich in maritime history. The restaurant is in a spacious, bright and luxurious yet modestly furnished industrial building with a lovely waterfront terrace. It was once a school where ship’s cooks were trained. Dining at Scheepskameel means creating your own menu by choosing from dishes in five categories: raw, vegetables, fish/meat, cheese and dessert. The focus at this restaurant is clearly on good hospitality and the preparation of simple, delicious meals for an honest price.

Potato pancakes and onion compote, 63-degree egg, with red wine and celeriac sauce (serves 4) Potato pancakes: • 300 gr of floury potatoes (e.g. Agria) • 30 gr of butter, melted • 3 gr of salt • 5 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked and finely chopped Onion compote: • 2 white onions, coarsely chopped • 1 bay leaf Red wine sauce with celeriac: • 350 gr of white onion, coarsely chopped • 3 dl of red wine • 6 tbsp of butter • 1 celeriac, pealed and diced • 5 sprigs of thyme • 120 gr of canned tomatoes • 4 cloves of garlic • 5 gr of dried porcini Additional ingredients: • 4 fresh organic eggs • finely chopped chives for garnish Preparation: -W  ash the potatoes and grate them with the skin on the small holes of a cheese grater. Mix the grated potatoes with the melted butter, salt and the finely chopped thyme. Use a ramekin to make pancakes of 70 grams and flatten them. Place the potato pancakes in a pan and fry them on low heat until both sides are golden brown. -F  or the onion compote, melt two tablespoons of butter in a pan, add the onions and the bay leaf and leave to simmer for an hour. Add water if necessary. Season with salt and a dash of white wine vinegar. -F  or the red wine sauce, melt four tablespoons of butter in the pan, add the onions and cook until golden brown. Deglaze with the red wine and simmer until almost all of the red wine has evaporated. -M  ix the celeriac with two tablespoons of butter and roast until golden brown in a pre-heated oven (220°C for a convection oven). Transfer the result to a pan together with the thyme, canned tomatoes, garlic and porcini. Add just enough cold water to cover the mixture and bring it to a boil. Leave to simmer for half an hour and strain. Add the reduced onions with red wine and use a hand blender to create a smooth sauce. Season with salt, pepper, and if necessary a dash of vinegar. -U  se a bain-marie with the thermostat set to 63°C. Cook the eggs for 1 hour and 15 minutes. If you don’t have a bain-marie, you can simply poach the eggs. Presentation: Put one tablespoon of onion compote on a deep plate. Place the egg in the compote and garnish with coarse salt, pepper and the finely chopped chives. Place the potato pancakes up against the mix and spoon sauce around it.

Jeanette & Rijk Griffioen

First ODE-residents Jeanette and Rijk have been living in ODE Harbour for almost five years. Six reasons why they are still so happy with their apartment:

Jeanette and Rijk Griffioen were among the

• The view is fantastic • Living in the city is really nice

first people to move to ODE. They exchanged an

• It’s a great apartment; we don’t have any stairs

attached house with a carport in Amstelveen

• It’s really nice to live in a new-build

for a new-build apartment in the Ode Harbour complex. From the seventh floor, they have a beautiful view of the historic city centre. It’s a great place to live Jeanette and Rijk Griffioen were quite happy in Amstelveen. The idea to move came when their daughter moved to Amsterdam to study. ‘She asked “Why do we live in boring Amstelveen and not in the city?” We started looking around and stumbled upon this project. It was perfect!’ From their apartment, Rijk and Jeanette look out onto the water in front of their apartment, the National Maritime Museum, the historic city centre and beyond. ‘It’s like having a living painting in the background; it never gets boring,’ says Rijk. ‘It’s a great place to live; we’re lucky.’ Things are constantly improving Jeanette adds that they spend most of their time sitting outside. ‘The view is of course great but things are improving down below too. You can sit back in your chair and watch the passers-by or the people sitting at one of the sidewalk cafés, or just watch the boats. We’re protected from the elements, so when it rains and the temperature doesn’t drop too much there’s no reason to go inside. The balcony is on the south


• The island is constantly evolving, with sidewalk cafés and a supermarket in the planning • The dynamics with other residents

side of the apartment, so we get sun on that side too. And if you’re indoors and want to listen to something, all you have to do is close the balcony door. It’s fully soundproof.’ Living on one floor is a huge pro, says Jeanette. ‘I always said that if we left Amstelveen that I didn’t want any stairs anymore. I’m still really happy that we have only one floor, it’s a great house.’ Lucky devils Jeanette and Rijk love living in the centre of town. ‘We did miss the dynamics is Amstelveen. We often went to the theatre in Amsterdam, but now we can go anywhere we want by bike, and that’s fantastic. If you live in town, you don’t really need a car.’ Rijk: ‘For people who love city life, this is probably the best place to be. We’re lucky.’

Forty-two luxurious apartments spread over 9 floors with a unique view over the historic city centre of Amsterdam • Square footage up to 280 m2 • Underground parking • Modern and stylish design • Beautifully designed and equipped entrance on the ground floor • Apartments are expected to be completed in 2021 • Very sunny apartments thanks to large windows on all walls • Facility services for residents

“For people who love city life, this is probably the best place to be”

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“We are both from St. Petersburg and visiting Amsterdam for a couple of days. We like old buildings and the view from here is very beautiful to the other side of the water.”

Rodionovi Evgeniya & Vladimir from Russia

insta ODE We think it’s an inspiring place. Everyone is doing something, and that’s motivating. You get the feeling that everyone is working together to make it a nice place.

Sandra & Raquel, visiting OBA

“When friends visit from abroad, I’ll certainly show them this part of the city. I wouldn’t mind living here myself.”

Pieter & Casper,


visiting OBA

Fruszina & Andras from Budapest

“This area is pretty nice, I would say. There is the contrast between new and old buildings, but it is not that big. Some of the new buildings are based on old building architect styles. Very nice.”

We often come to this creative place. It’s a bit on the fringe of Amsterdam, but it’s a nice place. You always have a great view. Rosanne & Timo, visiting Hannekes Boom

Pak-Nin Tang, resident Oosterdokseiland

“It’s great to live so centrally and I like new builds. The apartments are spacious and bright and the facilities in the area are very nice.”

Charlotte, studies violin at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam

When the weather is nice, we often sit here at the water. Hannekes Boom is a great place to relax between or after lessons.


The Oosterdok, which has always had a maritime, international and innovative character, combines museums, music venues and a library with companies of the future. Eleven programme institutions on the Oosterdok joined forces in February 2017 and started a collaboration: Expeditie Oosterdok. This collaboration has put a shared programme in place that focuses on exploration.

Expeditie Oosterdok Home port of exploration

‘The Oosterdok will continue to evolve as a cultural centre where innovation and exploration will be central themes� Michael Huijser, Chairman Expeditie Oosterdok



The Oosterdok is a place where the public can experience all kinds of new things: from the amazing symbiosis between technology and art at Mediamatic to the darkest stories at the Scheepvaartmuseum; from the scientific playground at NEMO Science Museum, to the next generation of musicians at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, to the Marineterrein: the innovative and international city district in development.

‘A fresh wind is blowing at Oosterdok’ Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ

Enterprising Oosterdok Expeditie Oosterdok works with companies established in the district. In the 17th century, the IJ was the centre of Amsterdam and the world: from here, hundreds of ships sailed to all corners of the world every day. The passion for trade and creativity is still engrained in the district’s DNA. Businesses are the foundation of the Oosterdok and are therefore key to the development of the programme, which anchors exploration in the district’s identity.

Het samenwerkingsverband van tien instellingen verbonden door het water van het Oosterdok in Amsterdam 7

Expeditie Oosterdok is a collaboration between 11 partners at the waterfront:


Partners aan het water



1. Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam, 2. Mediamatic, 3. Stadsherstel / Werf ’t Kromhout, 4. Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam, 5. Het Scheepvaartmuseum, 6. NEMO Science Museum, 7. Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, 8. O  BA (Amsterdam Central Library), 9. Bimhuis, 10. Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 11. Museumhaven Amsterdam.


Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam Mediamatic 6 / Werfvan ‘t Kromhout 3. Stadsherstel Thuishaven ontdeking 4. Architectuurcentrum Amsterdam 5. Het Scheepvaartmuseum 11 6. NEMO Science Museum 4 7. Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ 8. OBA 9. Bimhuis 10.Conservatorium Amsterdam 1. 2.





“This will help us stay innovative and continue to inspire our current and new visitors.�


Ten years after its opening (7/7/2007), the OBA Central Library on Oosterdokseiland will be remodelled to meet the changing use of the building. More study space is needed for both groups and individual students. A second presentation room will be added and the catering facilities will be expanded.

Ten-year-old OBA Central Library never gets old Facts & figures • Open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. • Catering facilities (reading café, restaurant and theatre foyer) • Over 4,000 visitors a day (1.5 million visitors a year) • 9 public floors • 225 workplaces (with PC) • 20 computers to search catalogues and databases • 1,000 seats • Free Wi-Fi for members • OBA theatre with 260 seats • Annie M.G. Schmidt Theatre for youth programmes • Surface: 28,000 m2 • Storage: 25,000 meters of bookshelves • 4 meeting rooms • 1450 parking spaces in the parking garage • Currently 1000 and soon 2500 spaces in the guarded underground bicycle shed

During the remodelling work, the OBA Central Library will be open in the months of July and August on weekdays from 1.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday the opening hours will remain unchanged: from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The remodelling work is expected to last until the end of 2017. Knowledge and cultural market

The OBA Central Library on Oosterdokseiland is an impressive building by architect Jo Coenen. His firm, Jo Coenen Architects & Urbanists will be involved in the remodelling. The starting point is the appealing location that visitors enjoy coming to to read, study and meet each other. OBA director Martin Berendse: ‘Changes to the study and theatre rooms, customer service counters, catering and signage mean that we can expand our programme, extend our opening hours and collaborate with more partners such as the Volksuniversiteit. This will help us stay innovative and continue to inspire our current and new visitors.’ The new way of learning

Berendse calls the OBA ‘the home of the new way of learning’. ‘In many of its branches around the city, the OBA has become more of a study where tutoring sessions are held or where you can study undisturbed with StudyShare. The OBA also caters to 21st-century skills. In our Maakplaatsen 021, youths can learn about technology, sustainability, health and our living environment in a creative way. This fundamentally changes the character of our branches and our offer.’

29 NV, also known as in the Netherlands, is a Dutch company that connects consumers with food delivery websites. Then 21-year-old student Jitse Groen founded the company in 2000. Jitse came up with the idea of developing a website that connected consumers with take-away restaurants. After 2015, the company grew strongly through organic growth and acquisitions ( and Just Eat Benelux). At the beginning of 2016, Takeaway. com moved its head office from Utrecht to Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam. Thuisbezorgd. nl’s head office occupies 1,300 m2 of office space at Oosterdoksstraat 80. The building is also home to Swarovski and Jacobs Douwe Egberts. According to, the company is growing at over 50 per cent each year and is now the biggest online food marketplace in the Netherlands.

ODE neighbours ALBERT HEIJN The residents and businesses on ODE are thrilled to be welcoming an Albert Heijn grocery store with a surface of 945 m2 on the ground floor. The students of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam have long been wishing for a grocery store to open in their neighbourhood. Residents of ODE also frequently use Albert Heijn Online. The webstore has the same product range as the average Albert Heijn, Etos and Gall & Gall store.


Adyen is a technology company that develops innovative payment options. The company is the only supplier of a modern ‘end-to-end infrastructure’ that is directly connected to Visa, Mastercard and other preferred payment methods. Adyen makes paying easy online, with a mobile device and in stores. The company serves over 4,500 customers, including eight of the ten biggest American internet companies. Customers include Facebook, Uber, NetfIix, Spotify, L’Oreal and Burberry. Adyen occupies over 2,000 m2 of office space in the Nijenburg building on Oosterdokseiland.

TRAINMORE, NEW GENERATION GYMS The newest TrainMore gym will soon be opening its doors at one of the most beautiful locations on Oosterdokseiland. This third gym in Amsterdam occupies some 1,055 m2 on the ground floor and the first floor of Oosterdokskade 63. A view of the water, the latest equipment from Technogym and more than enough space for cardio, functional and (heavy) strength training. Why do you always have to pay more for the things that are good for you? A glass of sugary Coke is still cheaper than fresh pressed juice and a greasy hamburger costs less than a green salad. It doesn’t have to be that way. This has to change is exactly what Marjolijn Meijer and Han Doorenbosch thought in 2009, the year in which they started TrainMore. TrainMore is a new concept that rewards every workout with a 1 euro discount. And it works. No one hangs around at TrainMore. People at this gym train 70 per cent more than the national average.

Summer 2017

ODE agenda 26 august 2017

Dekmantel Festival M UZI EKGEB OU W A AN ‘T I J

29 july

ODE ‘harbour master’ Bas Regenbogen, environment manager ODE

“The nice thing about working in your own city is that there is still so much to learn about and discover; the people, history, new initiatives. Really exciting is that you can contribute to the development of a new part of the city. The completion of the last building on Oosterdokseiland doesn’t mean that everything’s done. I’m the project’s first point of contact for the environment. As the eyes and ears of the neighbourhood, I hope I know everything that’s going on. I also make sure everyone is notified of planned work and the measures that are being taken in a timely manner. I look forward to meeting you. If you have questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to talk to me if you see me on the street or at one of the neighbourhood drinks. You can always contact me by email at b.regenbogen@ or by phone at 06−8369 1728”.



august 2017

25, 26 & 27 august 2017

30 to 21

november ’17 january ’18



august 2017

top tip!

Reading & crafts in the kids’ lab (3-7 yrs) O BA

Percussion Friends Chamber Music Academy CO NSERVATO R IU M

Uitmarkt (40 years) O DE

Amsterdam Light Festival O DE

Exhibit ‘Kubusgebouwen van Rietveld’ (Rietveld’s cubic buildings) A RC A M

Exhibit ‘Haven 24/7’ (Port 24/7) A bird’s-eye tour of the port of Amsterdam SC H EEPVA A RTMUSEU M


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ODE (Oosterdoks Island) is one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam. Located between the historic city center and the IJ river, close t...

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ODE (Oosterdoks Island) is one of the most beautiful places in Amsterdam. Located between the historic city center and the IJ river, close t...