Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Program: housing+culture+mixed use

Year: 2017

Commissioner: AM, AT Capital, Cairn

Partners: OMA, LOLA landscape

Design Directors: Eric Frijters, Olv Klijn

Project Manager: Marco Galasso, Rens Wijnakker

Team: Duong Bui, Lukas Kulikauskas, Piero Vidoni, Claire Lubell, Miriam Ram, Yin Yin Liu, Irene Luque Martin, Alessandra Riccetti

Advisors: Tenman, European Network of Living Labs, Van Der Tol group, SWECO, ReArchitectuur, The Waste Transformers, De Wijde Blik, Beelen Sloopwerken, Wageningen, UR.

The Bajes Kwartier Masterplan is the base and the strategic background of the design proposal for the redeveloped of the former prison of Bijlmerbajes. Designed by FABRICations, OMA and Lola Landscape Architects, the masterplan adopts the six themes of healthy urbanism (healthy living – vital economies – resilient systems – social-cultural connected – energy transition – material cycle) to implement a holistic strategy that would transform the former prison into an active urban catalysts for its inhabitants and for the rest of the city.

The masterplan followed two main phases. In a first phase our sustainability scan was applied to the existing construction. Through the lenses of our scan we assessed the historical, social, cultural, environmental value of the site, and we quantified the potential of a new intervention and how to achieve it.

In the second phase, the design team collaborated in creating a masterplan that would provide proactive dynamics to implement high density housing complex with cutting edge sustainable features. As a result, we produced a holistic plan, which preserves part of the historical presence of the prison, and implements new building clusters that directly interact with it. The whole complex is integrated and connected to the rest of the city according to the six themes of healthy urbanism, so that the impact of the building on the environment is minimized, while its benefits for the city and its inhabitants are maximized. As a result, green corridors are created to connect the site with its surroundings and provide connectivity for people and biodiversity.

With a vast network of specialized consultants, we developed a creative plan that integrates cultural heritage, reuse of materials, power generation, innovative water systems, contemporary mobility concepts and a mixed urban program. All those systems come together in the iconic center of the complex, the Green Tower.

In the tower, historical components of the existing structure have been preserved and readapted to realize publicly accessible vertical park and a technical core for the development (Read more about the green tower here)

The  Bajes Kwartier, developed for AM, AT Capital and Cairn was awarded with first prize in the public competition and selected for implementation. Bajes Kwartier is currently under construction. Within the plan, FABRICations also developed architectural design for the Green Tower and for a residential building.

Material balance: 

Onsite waste processing, reuse building materials, recycling inorganic waste

In the image below: Building materials preservation strategy

Sustainable energy:

Smart design to reduce energy consumption, solar panels, power nests for wind energy, heath recovery, electric cars

In the image below: Solar energy production Strategy

Resilient systems: 

Water recovery systems, flooding areas, air purification systems

In the image below: heat recovery systems

Healthy living:

healthy lifestyle , biking and walking routes, air purification, clean water access, food production

In the image below: water collection and reuse systems

Vital economy:

Working/living spaces, local businesses, Local attraction to decentralize the city, Hotel

In the image below: Waste collection and processing areas

Social-cultural connected:

community areas, CODE (Design center), Historical preservation, gathering spaces and public activities

In the image below: Public circulation and connectivity in the complex

All the systems combined

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