Minervahaven Amsterdam

Amsterdam, NL

How do you make a long-term plan that’s fun?



Commissioned by the Port Authority and the City of Amsterdam, De Zwarte Hond has investigated how a balanced mix of living and working can be achieved in the Minervahaven in the future. The result of this is a concept for a spatial and programmatic framework that serves as the basis for new assessment and zoning plan revisions.

The Minervahaven has a rugged charm that attracts many media and fashion companies. The aim is to make this area a complete part of the city in the future, with various housing projects and job opportunities.

The Minervahaven has a strategic position in relation to the centre: within the ring road and at cycling distance from Amsterdam’s Central Station.

Plan area

Cultural-historic elements

Access & connections with the environment

Subdivision & flexibility


Striking places

Facilities on one side, scenic quality on the other

Street profile

Basic building block

Concept Spatial Programmatic Framework

Housing construction in Minervahaven is not permitted until 2030. This means that the desired mixed urban area can only develop gradually. It is important to prepare for this over the coming years, and the spatial programmatic framework formulates the principles that are used for this. Applying these principles will ensure that spatial developments up to 2030 are managed in such a way that they fit within the long-term ambitions of Haven-Stad.

Cultural-historic elements

Plinth programme: 287,000 m2

Schools & care (indicative)

Building heights: 30-60 m

Walking, cycling & ferry (main routes)

(Possible) Metro reservation

Car (main route & low-traffic)

Parking ring & promising positions for garages




Green-blue structure

Directing developments now means that they will soon fit into the long-term ambition


Mixed basic building block

Building block matrix

Minervahaven Amsterdam

In Amsterdam’s Minervahaven, 11,500 homes and 250,000 m2 of non-residential programme are to be built on an area of approximately 150 hectares. This density is unprecedented in the Netherlands. However, in accordance with the development-freeze agreements from the 2014 council programme, housing construction is not permitted until 2030. In the period following 2030, this space will become available.

The Spatial Programme Framework provides an answer to the question of how developments up to 2030 should be managed in order to fit in with this long-term ambition. A number of principles have been formulated for this purpose. For example, everything that is added up to 2030 must comply with one of the three conditions: suitable for enlargement (on the main structure or as extensions to it), transformable, or temporary.

The ultimate aim is to create a mixed urban area with the rugged character of the port and the continuity and security of the city. The ratio in floor space will be 80% residential and 20% non-residential. Parking will be restricted to just one parking space per five homes. Water is used as an identity carrier. A new all-round bicycle network establishes connections with the surrounding recreational areas and the urban area.


Minervahaven Amsterdam
Amsterdam, NL
150 ha
Havenbedrijf en Gemeente Amsterdam
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