The Amsterdam Houthavens area has become a special, restricted traffic area for high-quality living along the IJ waterfront, thanks to the Spaarndammertunnel. The tunnel connects the new residential area with the city centre. The connection of the tunnel’s technical installations was realized through the collective efforts of a collaboration that came about in an unexpected manner, but which turned out to be very successful.
Seven islands in the Amsterdam IJ. The location which used to serve as storage area and transfer of tree trunks, has been transformed into a special residential area right on the waterfront. The only thing that remains from the past is its name, Houthavens, which means Timber ports. The Spaarndammertunnel, which was opened in February 2018, has created a restricted traffic residential zone and connects the new area with the Spaarndammerbuurt. The Spaarndammertunnel leads the through traffic underground, creating more space above ground for greenery, bicycle and walking tracks as well as public transport. The old
road connection created a barrier between the two residential areas.
“As long as you maintain open communications and work together, it is possible to raise a project such as the Spaarndammertunnel to a higher level.”