''A new construction within a monumental ensemble in Amsterdam''

RAAMPLEIN

FRED’s office is situated in Amsterdam. In our city’s center we are privileged to develop a new construction within the monumental ensemble of Raamplein.  Raamplein is located on Marnixstraat, on the edge of the entertainment area around Leidseplein.

Protected cityscape

The area, like the entire city center, is a protected cityscape. One of its most iconic buildings is ‘The Handelsschool’, built in 1901. It is designed by architect J.B. Springer and a National Monument of the first order.  

Transformation

The intended construction will change the function of the location, as the site is currently in use as zoned parking. We intend to build a residential apartment complex, with a ground floor that serves a public function. The municipality of Amsterdam has granted full cooperation for this project. The entrance level will be raised to the same level as the ground floor of the former “Handelsgebouw”, enhancing the allure of the building. Besides building 10 high quality and luxurious rental apartments,  the new building will make a valuable contribution to the liveliness of Raamplein due to its new public function on the ground floor. 

Creative hub

The ground floor of this new construction will serve as a creative hub of 300m2, where young professionals can work on their projects together and make use of the several communal facilities. There will also be plenty of room and possibility for artists and specialists to organize workshops and lectures within this location. In addition, the space will be used as an art gallery. The layout of the room will therefore aim to inspire and enhance collaboration. The use of open space will be key to ensure the possibility of different set-ups, to facilitate matters such as brainstorming, consulting or just work quietly and productively. 

Design

The historic buildings of the Amsterdam city center are characterized by their verticality, large glass surfaces and the unambiguous use of brick and wood. Also, there are always small height differences between individual buildings, this greatly contributes to the charm of the Amsterdam streetscape. With the new construction on Raamplein, architect MVSA wants to connect to these characteristics in a contemporary way. The design for the facade is therefore sober and stately. Yet the materialization and detailing is of high-quality and matches a luxurious feel.

''The creative hub is as inspiring in its lay-out as it is in its historical and ambitious surroundings''

characteristics

LUXURIOUS RENTAL APARTMENTS
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300M2 OF CREATIVE ACTIVITY
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HIGH QUALITY DEVELOPMENT
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INNER CITY DEVELOPMENT
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SUSTAINABLE PROJECT
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THE HISTORY

Between 1828 and 1832, the streets between the Passeerdersgracht and the Leidsegracht were filled in, creating the Raamplein. The square owes its name to the frames on which dyed sheets used to be hung to dry. At the end of the 19th century, this area was on the outskirts of the city. Due to the rapid expansion of Amsterdam at the beginning of the 20th century, it has come to be located in the center of the city. The area, like the entire city center, is a protected cityscape

“We are able to add to the experience of Amsterdam’s city center, in a historic arena that is inspirational in itself. It's a unique opportunity!”

Bas van de Peet

“Creativity is important to us. If we have the opportunity to stimulate that element in society, we are thrilled to do so. Whether visually with our inner city architecture, or by adding creative spaces within the project.”

Roeland Voerman

Roadmap

2020
Start project
2022
Plan development
2023
Start build
2024
Completion

Location

Raamplein is located on the Marnixstraat, on the edge of the entertainment area around Leidseplein. The square itself is not part of this recreational area and therefore a quiet and unique find within its surroundings. The square breathes local history, there are several national monuments to be found around it. However, the spot is mainly used as a parking area for bicycles and cars. It is located in the center of Amsterdam and is near trams, buses and main roads within the city.

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