Architect: Isaac Gosschalk (1838-1907)
Commissioned by: Imperial Continental Gas Association
Years of construction: 1885-1887.
The architect Gosschalk designed the Oostergasfabriek (gas plant) shortly after designing the Westergasfabriek. The Westergasfabriek is seen as his masterpiece. The Oostergasfabriek is far plainer. Gosschalk created a sort of industrial village for this plant that consisted of a number of separate elements. He designed it in a neo-Renaissance style, using a combination of bricks and natural stone, adding accents with coloured bricks.
Façade of former Retortengebouw Oostergasfabriek (gasworks), 2007
The original Oostergasfabriek consisted of three houses, six factories, two gas containers, a water tower and various technical units. Up to 1962, a part of the factory was still in use as a switching station. A number of buildings have remained and now have other functions. The former distillery, with its original stone chimney, has been the home of the Sportfondsenbad (swimming pool) since 1929. A milk processing plant was located along the Ringvaart for a long time, while the now demolished ammonia plant housed an animal shelter up to 2007.
View along the canal ring of the Oostergasfabriek and gas holders, ca. 1890
New residential area
In 2008 work started on the development of a new residential area in Oostpoort. Expected to be completed in 2012, it is the work of the architect Sjoerd Soeters. The idea is that Oostpoort will be a mostly car free, green area which combines housing, and work and recreational opportunities. The three hundred plus homes will be situated primarily in the eastern part of Oostpoort. A school and social and cultural activities will be created in the other parts.
Interior of the Oostergasfabriek, ca. 1890