How to improve a popular cultural destination in Amsterdam? The NDSM-wharf at the northern waterfront of the Noordzeekanaal in Amsterdam is required to transform from a paved post-industrial site into a green cultural hotspot in the city. LOLA Landscape Architects developed a spatial strategy that not only preserves the historical value of the site, but also enhances the existing qualities and adds green spaces and a natural shoreline to the site. Moreover: artists and performers can still make use of the NDSM-wharf as a place for art, music, markets and festivals.
The NDSM-wharf is a derelict wharf where once boats and submarines were built. Now on the western part houses are being constructed, while the eastern side of the NDSM wharf is both a historical and cultural monument. This place, occupied by artists and musicians, grew into a popular daytrip destination for the people of Amsterdam. But the NDSM-wharf is required to transform once more. It has to be readied for the future by making it climate adaptive and biodiverse. LOLA didn’t make a design, but instead made a strategy. For this strategy we defined a baseline of qualities and ambitions. In any case, the NDSM-wharf will be ‘green, rough, radical, experimental, cultural and historical. Not defined by design but created by conditions for (natural) development’. We defined three layers for the strategy.