Port of call
The amsterdam district making waves on the waterfront
when amsterdam commissioned the 19thcentury Dutch architect Pierre cuypers to seal off its medieval harbour with the grand central station, the city officially turned its back to the water. it took more than a century for the city to turn back around. today, the vast swaths of abandoned shipyards and brackish terrain along the ij waterfront have become the city’s most frantic building sites. the houthaven (lumber port) is the first of many new waterfront districts currently taking shape. still a few years from completion, it is already clear that the houthaven has little reverence for the past. instead of dilapidated storage warehouses, you’ll find warehouse-inspired residences. and while still surrounded by the active cranes of heavy industry, the neighbourhood’s future is in creative industries. tommy hilfiger, calvin klein, toms, Diesel and aegis have already moved their hqs here, bringing a fashionable crowd in their wake. only a 15-minute bike ride from central station, the houthaven promises to be a chic and selfsufficient district for the city’s rising creative class – for the time being anyway. it’s a pioneer town with intriguing amenities that have set the stage for its future success.
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