An anonymous frayed city edge transforms into lively public waterfront on the IJ. Rijkswaterstaat’s new Control Centre for Nautical Transport Amsterdam (CCSA) marks this new iconic spot.
At the head of the new Sluisbuurt in Amsterdam (5,000 homes), Rijkswaterstaat is developing a building for guiding shipping traffic and operating locks and bridges on the Amsterdam/Rotterdam-Germany corridor. In addition, the control centre provides space for a training and innovation center, hospitality and a visitor center.
Essence of the Area Vision is the development of a rich metropolitan waterfront. The Sluisbuurt, the Sluispark, CCSA and the waterfront landscape are the spatial carriers of this waterfront. A rich transition is designed between the metropolitan residential environment of the Sluis neighbourhood and the waterfront. This was explored using four principles: iconic waterfront, active waterfront, green waterfront and functional waterfront.
CCSA’s building will have distinctive and high-quality architecture of international stature and good visibility from the neighborhood and from the water. The new Sluispark forms the landscape context of the building and the collective front yard of the residents of the Sluis neighborhood. The park will have a multifunctional layout with space for nature, recreation, places to stay and experience shipping. The banks will be made more attractive so that the seasons, dynamics of the water and sunrise and sunset can be experienced.
Type: vision, area development, urban planning, architecture, landscape
Client: Department of Public Works
Size: approx. 70 hectares of area and 5,000 m2 GLA building
Status: completed and adopted