The residents of Verdi, the westernmost neighbourhood of Zuidas, have heard a lot of talk about a greener Verdi. What exactly we mean by that is outlined in the Verdi Green Plan (‘Groenplan Verdi’). On 28 September 2021, we will be telling you all about it during a walk. Would you like to join us and take part in the conversation?
Do you work in Zuidas and are you planning to work at the office more often after the summer holidays? And would you like to change your commuting habits so you don't end up sitting in traffic every day? Then why not try the third Zuidas Mobility Experience?
Anyone looking east beyond Gustav Mahlerlaan will see a trench, 10 m wide and 5 m deep, running alongside Valley. It is a new link in the planned loop system around Zuidas. ‘We’ll be creating some lasagne here.’
This week, the trees were hoisted up onto the roof gardens on Terrace Tower. The additional greenery will make Zuidas more attractive to new businesses, boosting the City Council’s ambition to make the area more sustainable and greener.
The City of Amsterdam municipal council wants to build homes on the site of the Oldschool building in Gaasterlandstraat, Kop Zuidas. To make room for the new homes, the Oldschool building will need to be demolished. Bond Heemschut, a heritage association, wants the building to be preserved because of its distinctive features, and therefore applied for the status of protected monument for the building. However, the municipality decided not to designate the building as a protected monument. The Bond Heemschut then appealed against this decision but on 9 July 2021, the courts ruled that the appeal was unfounded.
In Kop Zuidas, buildings are being erected one after another. So, what can we expect the public space to look like in the near future? Is there any focus on the need for green areas in the neighbourhood? We have received questions about this from residents. The answer is this: green areas are particularly important, precisely because of all the building work.
At last, we can see our colleagues in person rather than on screen. As lockdown is lifted, life is set to return to the offices in Zuidas. But what we don’t want to see is a return to traffic congestion and overfilled trains. Will we manage that?
Architect Ron Bakker (of PLP Architecture) knows Zuidas like the back of his hand. In 1996, he sketched the master plan for the WTC building. He also designed Tower Ten, which is currently under construction. And now he is working on a possible further expansion for the complex.
Soon, an enormous office building will be built on the plot of land between the EMA building and Van der Valk, but for the next eighteen months the plot will be home to a school garden for local children and the whole community. Years 4 and 5 at the AICS school have created a ‘community garden’ there – and anyone who lives or works in the area is welcome.
It took a while, but the new landscaping of the southern section of Mahlerplein is almost complete. Inappropriately parked scooters and bikes have made way for natural stone and trees. Residents are delighted with the makeover.
Since September 2020, 11 plane trees, 12 metres in height, have been lodging temporarily at Van der Valk. Now, their stay there is over and on 10 April 2021, they relocated back to their home base at Valley in Beethovenstraat.
The area between the RIV and Zuidoever buildings in Eemlandstraat is soon to have its own pocket park, complete with play area. Work starts on 29 March 2021 and by mid-May, children will be able to play there, while adults make use of the new seating.