A stroll down lovers’ lane
For many people born and raised in the south of Amsterdam, the location of Zuidas is one that conjures up memories of leisurely strolls taken on the edge of town. This is where two polders meet, one approximately 1.5 metres higher than the other. It was a kind of lovers’ lane. Photographs taken before the Second World War show people promenading up and down the unspoiled dyke, enjoying the views of garden allotments and the surrounding countryside. The suburb of Buitenveldert had yet to be built.
Looking back to the early 1990s, ABN AMRO were instrumental in the development of Zuidas. It all started with the bank’s decision to establish its new headquarters near Amsterdam Zuid station and Schiphol Airport, rather than opting for IJoever redevelopment project proposed by the City of Amsterdam.