Meeting the need for housing in Amsterdam

On 8 November, the City of Amsterdam released the tentative plans (Dutch link) for a new urban neighbourhood known as the Sluisbuurt. It will be located on the Zeeburgereiland, in the newly developed IJburg area. The plans are in response to Amsterdam’s growing need for more housing. The Sluisbuurt will create 5,500 new homes and 100,000 square metres of space for schools, offices and shops. It will also feature high-rise construction over 140 metres tall, as well as a new bicycle bridge. The neighbourhood will make use of the latest sustainable technologies, such as renewable energy in the form of district heating. The construction of the first homes is set to begin in the first half of 2018, with roughly 500 to 700 new homes built every year.

Sustainable building

On the Steigereiland, the striking Sluishuis building has recently been announced (Dutch link), which will be a magnet for the IJburg area. The design, by Denmark's Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Rotterdam's Barcode Architects, was chosen from nine entries.

The Sluishuis will be a sustainable building for residents from all over Amsterdam – not just IJburg. It will be designed in such a way that a natural transition will be created to the smaller buildings nearby. The Sluishuis will feature about 380 carbon-neutral apartments, 240 underground parking spaces and space for 30 houseboats. There will also be about 4,000 square meters of commercial and public areas.

Affordable office space

Also promising for the real estate market in Amsterdam is the new European Occupier Cost Index (OCI), published by Colliers International. This annual index provides insight into office costs, and it can help multinational companies make decisions about where to open locations. This year’s edition showed that office costs in the Netherlands were again below the European average. The index is based on data from 3,650 buildings.