The Bijlmermeer, before by many people considered as a ‘no go area’ is being converted into a top district. For the real ‘Bijlmer believers’ the Bijlmer has always been like that: a park landscape without cars, with comfortable dwellings, splendid views, etc. But many people preferred low rise, many detached houses as a consequence. This low rise has been added now to the high rise, in a time that nice architecture is allowed again.
With preservation of the low density and still with a lot of greenery, architects are creating the New Bijlmer. 6500 high rise apartments are being replaced in 15 years by 3000 low rise dwellings and 4200 owner occupied apartments. It is a job until 2012. More than half of the program already has been realized (2009). In some neighborhoods the original urban plan has been maintained. A group of 'Bijlmerbelievers' promoted the idea. Flats have been renovated and the public space remains car free and green. The area got the name 'Bijlmer museum'. Here the 'Groeiend monument' is to be seen, a memory of the airplane disaster in 1992.
The contrasts in the Bijlmer are enormous. Nowhere in Amsterdam you could find such different urban visions in the same neighborhood.
In the Bijlmer big eye catchers are also to be seen. One of them is the new Station Bijlmer by the architect Grimshaw (E), going to be one of the largest stations of the Netherlands. Another is the building of the HES, Hogeschool voor Economische Studies by the architect Hoogstad (N), a new school for 5000 students, present on all lists of recent top architecture.
In brief, how a deteriorated district – for many peoples some kind of a no go area – got an matchlessly update.
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