In Amsterdam-Zuidoost, INBO is designing a new district in accordance with the wishes of the people who will live there. Although this may seem the logical thing to do, the participation process involved is not to be taken for granted. INBO architects Wilco van Oosten and Maria Piels, together with their team, partners Bijlmer Believers 3.0 and Felixx and client AM, visited the district to talk to future residents.
Two-level waterfall garden
The design includes a large communal courtyard garden on two levels. The nature that is so characteristic of the area is drawn into the garden and is visible from the houses. The garden looks like a waterfall in bloom because it flows over several levels.
People arriving home by car or bicycle enter a garden rather than a dreary parking garage. There is also plenty of space for residents to socialize outdoors, in their self-designed outdoor space.