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The project area is located in the northeast Oostenburg district of Amsterdam, a post-industrial neighbourhood formerly known as the “Storkterrein”. In a strategic position between the historical city centre and the Eastern Docklands, this site is marked by a massive rail embankment, which has kept the Storkterrein riverfront out of the transformation process involving the northern areas.
The thesis claims a new interpretation of the railway infrastructure as the “vertebral column” of a liveable green network that envelops the embankment, suggests solutions for the waterfront regeneration and fits into the existing context interacting with buildings and open spaces.
The removal of unused tracks reduces the embankment cross section and the natural height difference is capitalized on to create the park, which play also the role of protection against railway noise. A network of cycle and pedestrian paths marks the northeast side, while the green belt extends beyond the driveway to the empty spaces between existing buildings, generating a new system of public courtyards. In the southwest side, on the waterfront, there are some quays for houseboats and five buildings link the two embankment sides: the tram service building for the northern tram station, the cultural and fitness centres, the creative laboratories and a market area integrate the zonal functions. All the architectures are characterized by green liveable roofs and each of them stand out for a different interpretation of public space design. The project focuses on the market area and its connection with the waterfront: the building interacts with the green system and the cycle-pedestrian paths.