On Thursday, 9 November 2023, the housing association DUWO and the City of Amsterdam signed an agreement for the development of student flats on plot 2B in Kenniskwartier. The student flats will be a valuable addition to the mid-market and private sector housing in the adjacent complex The Pulse of Amsterdam and the 216 flats for first-timers in the residential building Stepstone some distance away. This location, within walking distance of both Amsterdam Zuid station and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam), Is ideal for young people who are studying.
According to the current plans, the building, no more than 30 m in height, will feature 119 student flats varying in size from 18 to 25 sq. m., including a large number of group flats with communal open kitchens. The draft design by Mei Architects features a lot of green and uses high-quality materials, including ceramic and bamboo. The building will also boast a communal meeting and study area, a launderette and a bicycle park. A commercial area measuring around 150 sq. m. in the plinth of the building is set to add additional vibrancy to the future Hildegard von Bingenstraat.
Work is currently under way on the further details of the provisional design. By the end of 2024, work is expected to start based on the definitive design and the long-term lease agreement to be signed around that time. Since the student flats will be built directly adjacent to The Pulse of Amsterdam, the construction schedule is partly dependent on this major project. Fortunately, progress on that is proceeding well, and it is expected that work will be able to start on construction of the student flats in 2025, for completion in 2026.
In Kenniskwartier, we are developing around 2,700 new homes in the years ahead. In addition to flats for students and first-timers, we are also working with VU Amsterdam and Amsterdam AMC on the development of various buildings for healthcare, education, research and innovation. As a result, Kenniskwartier will become a place where knowledge institutions, the business community and the City of Amsterdam work together on innovations that will be essential for our city’s future.