Creative Hub Houthavens


The historical Houthavens (wood harbours) are being revitalised. Located on the banks of the river IJ, the Danzigerkade Creative Hub forms one of the new developments. The building makes full use of the unique qualities of the area and its industrial, windy, raw atmosphere inspires a sturdy building. It is a remarkable house of innovation that stands out from its surrounding mediocre offices.

The character is permeated into the interior. The design and applied materials are tailored to creative companies in fashion, design, media and product development. Smart floor plans facilitate different types of users, ranging from spaces for freelancers to large open floors for fashion studios and workshops. The central atrium supplies an abundance of daylight throughout and also visually relates the work spaces with the roof terrace and dancing school; both offering a spectacular view of the river IJ.

The prefabricated façade is designed in consideration with a comfortable and healthy working environment. The different window sizes offer diverse light conditions, appropriate for the range of activities held inside. Deep vertical façade fins prevent computer screen glare, while integrated reflection and diffusion panels guarantee homogeneous light on all floors. Manually controlled sun screens offer high flexibility for every window.

Small grooves in the façade surface channel rain water, ensuring a controlled and beautiful aging process that increases in character over time. The façade elements are made from a concrete blend with metal fibres, granting a beautiful patina across the surface. The building thus forms an evocative creative environment, rooted in this industrial Amsterdam’ harbour.

  • Name: Creative Hub Houthavens
  • Location: Amsterdam (NL)
  • Program: Offices, roof terrace, bar, dancing school, retail, parking
  • Size: 1.950 m²
  • Commission: SO
  • Period: 2014
  • Client: Keij & Stefels
  • Team: Jan Lebbink, Gert Kwekkeboom, Roel Schiffers
  • Partners: Braaksma & Roos architecten
  • Images: Civic Architects, 3D Studio Prins

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