The Food Center Amsterdam, an area of circa 24 hectares located in central Amsterdam, will be redeveloped into a modern food centre in combination with an urban residential quarter. VMX Architects together with Mecanoo developed a new plan, for the consortium of Ballast Nedam and VolkerWessels Vastgoed.
A reorganisation of the existing wholesale market will provide space for a new residential area of over 200.000m2. The plan for this dense urban setting works with four desired qualities: 1) water views, 2) park views, 3) gardens, 4) sky views. Firstly, the two canals that border the area play a crucial role in the positioning and orientation of the dwellings, as well as the design of the public space. Typical for the city of Amsterdam they will form a lively scenery, with electric boats transporting goods to and from the market. Next to this, the ample amount of green will be a key quality of the area, with both a central park and more enclosed gardens. Finally, a select number of higher buildings will add to the variety of offered housing types, creating space for apartments with a view over the city. The renovated central market hall will form the heart of the area, as both a monument and dynamic public program.