The plan

Time changes, DNA remains
In the coming years, the Zandkasteel will be transformed into a true mixed-use building. Soon it will be possible to live, work, learn and relax here. The Zandkasteel will also become more publicly accessible. The building opens onto Bijlmerplein plaza. The former lobby will be converted into a hospitality and food court almost 1,500 m2 in area. From now on, inside and outside will be connected. The plaza is accessible to everyone and also directly accessible from the interior street.

The municipality of Amsterdam is to transform three of the towers into a new branch of the Amsterdam International Community School (AICS). For the remaining seven towers, the architectural firms Alberts & Van Huut and Mecanoo have developed the ZK concept. The Zandkasteel unites landscape, urban design, architecture and interior. There is great diversity within: an intimate residential environment, public workplaces and pleasant catering facilities. The theme of the transformation: ‘Time changes, DNA remains’ is therefore highly appropriate.

Specifically, this means that the seven towers will be converted to accommodate approximately 300 rental units of various sizes, and delivered ready to use. Residents have all kinds of facilities at their disposal, including the beautiful courtyard gardens. These will be redesigned, while still respecting the original design. The interior street will be lined with 12 office spaces ranging from approximately 250 m2 to 600 m2 in size, meeting and conference rooms, and a variety of spaces for meeting and informal discussion. The four car parks under the Zandkasteel will be renovated and partly converted into public parking.