As we reported in May, the temporary court building is no longer needed, now that the new court building has opened its doors. There are plans to create homes and offices on the site where the temporary court building stands. Together with the Central Government Real Estate Agency, the City of Amsterdam has set new requirements for these plans in an amended Memorandum of Principles.
Homes, offices, culture
Local residents and businesses were informed about the original plans, which included homes and offices, in April 2021. They were also notified that more information regarding the cultural element of the temporary court building (part of which is designated as a protected monument) was expected at a later date. The changes made concern that cultural element. In the original plan, two separate buildings were planned on the site of the temporary court building: a residential building and an office building. However, those plans could undermine the residential quality of the lower floors of the residential section. In order to guarantee the residential quality of the homes, the municipality and the Central Government Real Estate Agency have amended the Memorandum of Principles.
Changes to original plan
In the new Memorandum of Principles, we have opted for a different design. Instead of two separate towers, the two buildings will be connected with a shared base building. The lower four floors of this will be dedicated to office space. Two residential towers with a roof garden between will be constructed on top of the office building.
The changes mean that decision-making regarding the Memorandum of Principles will take place at a later date. The document is expected to be submitted to the city council in September 2021. More information regarding the plans for a cultural initiative at this location is expected to become available at the end of August.