Pontkade 1,2 & 3
About Pontkade 1, 2 & 3
A ‘frontrunner’ of NDSM, designed to bridge its industrial past and its thrilling future.
NDSM West is developing into a worthy extension of Amsterdam’s city centre. De Pontkade, an architectural block near the former shipping docks, consists out of several important residential, office and leisure projects that boost this area.
Built on an Amsterdam ferry landing (Pont), De Pontkade welcomes the new arrivals from the city centre to the ‘new land’. De Pontkade itself is a block, where each part has its own architecture and façade material. What they all share is the raw and sturdy character of the shipyard and functional architecture fitting the industrially efficient logic of the old site. Precise façade design while simultaneously keeping a balance between all parts was a result of de Architekten Cie. Teamwork.
Acting as a bridge between the past and the future of NDSM, De Pontkade already enjoys a landmark-status. With its characteristic look and residential possibilities – ranging from lofts to penthouses and luxury apartments -, this project plays an important role in the NDSM masterplan. Thanks to projects like De Pontkade, NDSM is transforming into a high-quality part of the city for living and working – comparable to urban areas common in New York, Hamburg and Berlin.
Pontkade is the result of the high level of ambition that the municipality and we have imposed on ourselves. Together with Architecten Cie, who had one architectural image in mind for this plot, we developed these two subplots in 2 phases. The projects overlap in many ways: they share the parking garage, the public street and the two inner gardens are connected by means of a walking route and stairs. We are very proud of this result and the various collaborations that led to it.
De Pontkade combines a variety of functions and apartment types. Residents will surely enjoy the lush garden, boasting gorgeous greenery in the midst of the unique ecological context of the no longer used industrial area. Historical elements are scattered throughout the garden and provide a glimpse into the past of this district: old rails are used for mobile picnic tables, reservoirs have turned into planters and old steel elements are covered with climbing plants.