De Ceuvel is een a sustainable work place for creative and social entrepreneurs on a former shipyard in Amsterdam North. In 2012, the land was secured for a 10-year lease from the Municipality of Amsterdam after a group of architects won a tender to turn the site into a regenerative urban oasis.
The former industrial plot is a thriving community of entrepreneurs and artists, where all involved have lent a hand to build Amsterdam’s first circular office park. The plot hosts creative workspaces, a podium, a sustainable café, spaces to rent, and in the near future – a floating bed & breakfast. As a unique urban experiment, old houseboats have been placed on the heavily polluted soil, the workspaces have been outfitted with clean technologies and phyto-remediating plants work to clean the soil. Through experimentation, we are as energy self-sufficient as possible and process our own waste in new, innovative ways.
From a derelict site to a constantly refreshing community space, De Ceuvel has taken the qualities (and drawbacks!) of the location as a starting point, aligns itself to relevant urban developments but is also a true driver of positive change. As such it is a prime example of the power of Placemaking, of which we are glad to be reminded on a daily basis. Do drop by for a coffee our tour and meet our co-renters:
– Jeroen Pieterse, financial advisor cultural social projects
– Julien Thomas, social designer
– Rosa Boesten, film maker
– Roos Gerritsma and colleagues/team, Urban Tourism and Leisure of University of Applied Sciences InHolland