Albert Cuyp parking garage Amsterdam receives ESPA Gold Award

First parking garage built under a canal in Amsterdam

On November 21st, the Albert Cuyp parking garage in Amsterdam, designed by ZJA Zwarts & Jansma Architects, received an ESPA Gold Award. The Albert Cuyp parking garage is a unique project; it is the first parking garage built under an Amsterdam canal. By doing this, the limited space in the neighbourhood De Pijp is used efficiently. The award is a recognition for parking garages that excel in design, quality and customer service and is awarded by Vexpan, the platform for parking in the Netherlands. The Albert Cuyp parking garage is the 13th parking garage in the Netherlands that has received an ESPA Gold Award.

ZJA designed an underground parking garage for 600 cars and 60 bicycles under the water of the Boerenwetering canal. Max Bögl Netherlands B.V. is responsible for the construction of the Albert Cuyp parking garage, commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam. With a large number of parking places disappearing at street level, more space becomes available for pedestrians, cyclists and planting. The idea behind the design is to blend the parking garage into the existing urban landscape. All installations are installed out of sight as best as possible and the ramps are integrated into the existing quays without any conspicuous elevations.

The new Albert Cuyp parking garage could be an example for other cities that have a limited space above ground. Furthermore, underwater construction in cities can be used for multiple applications. In the past ZJA, together with Strukton, already designed a plan for a possible urban expansion under the canals of Amsterdam; AMFORA. In addition to underground parking spaces, the concept also offers spaces for sports facilities, shops, cinemas and other recreational areas. In this way, the urban space under the city of Amsterdam is better utilized. This makes AMFORA a smart solution for the growing shortage of space in the city.

Photograph: Jeroen Musch



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