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  • What do we want to achieve?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam was tasked with developing the values for the grounds. This means that both the economic and social significance of this area will become increasingly important for users, the city of Amsterdam, and society as a whole.

  • How will we increase the value of Marineterrein Amsterdam?

    Several frameworks were defined for these developments, which include the maritime significance of the area, innovation, and connection in the form of ideas, people, activities, as well as leisure in the form of a beautiful area of water and a counterbalance to the hustle and bustle of the city. Several themes (topics) were also developed and will be used to focus the activities. These themes are innovation, sustainability, sport, and maritime strength.


    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam stimulates and facilitates activities that contribute to value creation by carefully selecting potential tenants, facilitating networks, infrastructure, and knowledge exchange, and maintaining good communication.

  • What is organic development and why is it being pursued?

    Organic development means acting proactively instead of retroactively. There is a clear goal of increasing value within set frameworks and a verifiable method to achieve that goal. Organic means learning by experimenting to determine which activities contribute most to achieving the objectives. For example, the companies and organizations on the grounds must demonstrate their innovative capacity in terms of sport or knowledge sharing.

    Organic development is being pursued because it enables a low-cost, flexible development process, and because it lays a solid foundation for value creation and profiling in the area. This provides a better means of ensuring a brighter future than a master plan, as the contents of such a plan would be outdated by the time it is implemented.

  • Does Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam have a mandate?

    Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam is an independent organization that was commissioned by the Dutch government and the municipality of Amsterdam to create value for the area. This is based on an administrative agreement, which describes the assignment, and on a vision for the area, which integrates research on possible needs and functions. As long as the work is carried out within the agreed frameworks and in accordance with the supporting strategy document, Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam has the authority to make autonomous decisions regarding tenants and activities. A steering group, comprised of representatives from the Dutch government and the municipality, will be tasked with supervising Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam. Should a decision fall outside the framework of the agreement, such a decision on establishing an official function, a new administrative meeting must be held to supplement the original agreement.

  • What role does the neighbourhood play?

    Interaction with the community will help Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam become fully embedded in the city. For this reason, we are looking for people, organizations, and activities that are in harmony with the values and themes of Marineterrein Amsterdam. We are collaborating with ‘programming neighbours’ such as NEMO, ARCAM, OBA, and Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ to develop joint activities within these themes.

    A platform was developed with the help of local residents to determine how local activities can enhance the themes and how Marineterrein Amsterdam can improve the neighbourhood. Examples include making the new technology developed on the grounds available to local residents, or facilitating sport activities.


  • What will be developed on the site?

    Here we will develop a city quarter that is fully equipped for the future, meaning it can adapt well to rapid changes. The city quarter will also provide stability thanks to its strong values and clear profile.


    At present, the most obvious functions include living, working, creating, and leisure. These themes are in high demand. However, we also have to take into account the adaptability of buildings, which should be able to serve multiple functions or be entirely mobile.

  • What is in the zoning plan?

    Nothing. As this is a military area, there is no zoning plan. The municipality is currently working on an environmental plan. This plan is in lieu of a zoning plan and contains fewer rules. Instead, it focuses on the content and significance of spatial interventions. It will include structures that should be maintained or improved due to the value they hold, as well as considerations regarding less desirable structures.

  • Who decides what will be built on Marineterrein Amsterdam?

    At the moment, Bureau Marineterrein Amsterdam has the authority to decide what will happen on its grounds. The future owner (or owners) and the Municipality of Amsterdam will determine what will be added to the grounds in the future. The municipality can establish frameworks with its implementation tools, which include an environmental plan, licensing policy, subsidies, and others, but it cannot enforce any functions. While the Dutch government wants to sell the grounds, it has not consulted with any potential buyers because it first wants to secure the values. The Municipality of Amsterdam is one of the preferred buyers, but has not yet expressed an interest in purchasing the area.


    In order to create a coherent space, it is important that we do not respond to ad hoc requests for functions that require a temporary space, such as companies looking for touring car transfer points or a festival location, or investors pursuing their own interests, including those eager to erect an iconic building to highlight their presence in Amsterdam.


  • Data

    • 2016 July/August Removal EU top buildings
    • 2017 Development vision submitted to the Dutch government and the municipality
    • 2018 July The Ministry of Defence will vacate most of the area (with the exception of the Recruitment Department)
    • 2019 Recruitment Department will relocate to the KMAR building
  • What will happen when the Ministry of Defence vacates the premises in July 2018?

    First, the technical specifications will be examined. This means that Infrastructure such as cables, networks, pipelines, and streets may not be accessible or available for civil use. In the worst-case scenario, it may take a long time before the new space is ready for use.

    Several what-if scenarios will be developed to ensure that certain areas, such as the sports pitch, can be used as quickly as possible. In addition, a spatial plan must be developed to determine where buildings can be constructed or demolished.