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Connecting Green Spaces

Noorderpark Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

Transforming a former railway line into a Central Park hub.

A new local railway line, the North-South line, is being constructed in Amsterdam. The Amsterdam-North City Council seized this opportunity to reduce traffic noise and the visual impact of the line by lowering the road and the railway line below ground level, allowing for the transformation of the urban landscape into a new central park. It is to be one of the key green pockets of Amsterdam that functions as a central meeting point, with spaces that can be used for large gatherings and functions.

The three existing parks that were isolated from each other needed to be tied together to create one central park. These parks are positioned in between and along the road and the Noordhollandsch Canal. The design creates a broad circuit track that links the existing disjointed parks with new bridge connections which span across the canal and over the road and railway line. The circuit track can be used for walking, cycling, skating and jogging. Variations in the topography provide sightlines over the park and the surrounding area.

Client
Municipality of North-Amsterdam

Partners
ABT (Civil & Structural) and SmitsRinsma (Horticulture)

Imagery
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