De Ceuvel

De Ceuvel is a planned workplace for creative and social enterprises adjacent to the van Hasselt kanaal off the river IJ in Amsterdam North. The land was secured for a 10-year lease from the Municipality of Amsterdam after a group of initiators won a tender to turn the site into a regenerative urban oasis. The former industrial plot will be turned into the most unique and sustainable urban developments in Europe. The site, which is now heavily polluted, will feature imaginatively retrofitted houseboats placed around a winding wooden walkway and surrounded by an undulating landscape of soil-cleaning plants. Each of the upgraded boats will house offices, ateliers, or workshops for creative and social enterprises. The plan also includes a public restaurant, Ceuvel Café, and a bed & breakfast.

URBAN CONCEPT Because of the temporary, 10-year nature of the development and the low budget, space&matter focused on developing an innovative concept where mobility and reuse are central. The design of the urban plan and community-driven nature …

CLEANTECH PLAYGROUND The De Ceuvel site serves as a new blueprint for urban development, where decentralized technologies and full recycling of local resources empowers urban areas to be self-sufficient. Metabolic, an action agency for societal transformation, designed a …

PARK Pollution: By filling the area with polluted dredge and through the polluting activities of the ship wharf, the area is heavily polluted with organic as well as inorganic pollutants. The heavily polluted soil will be purified …