GWL Terrain in Amsterdam

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Name GWL Terrein
Place Amsterdam
Country Holand
Author(s) Jan Nocoń, Serap Ekici, Ayse Nur Gul
Completion 1998
Client Families with children (mix of both social and market rate housing) Project costs -
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Rationale: Why is this case interesting?

GWL-terrein is a national demonstration project for energy efficient and sustainable building. The client, a co-operation comprising five municipal housing companies, was formed for the project and dissolved after. The large project involved the participation of five architectural offices known for their architectural competence, supported by an environmental consultant, as well two contractors to speed up the process. GWL-terrein consists of an urban plan and 600 dwellings in 17 blocks situated in the central parts of Amsterdam. The ambition was to realise a socially diverse residential area with high architectural quality in order to attract a wide group of inhabitants. The project involves such varied features as: a car-free area with limited parking space; private and public green areas; noise/climate protection through two higher building blocks to the North; passive solar gain; district heating with a heat and power generator; extra insulation; rainwater-flushed toilet systems; green roofs; material choices based on a preference list.


the car–free nature of the development make this development unique

Author's personal background

Erasmus students at Kassel University, Germany.

Jan Nocoń - Architecture & Urban Planning

Serap Ekici - Landscape Architecture

Ayse Nur Gul - Landscape Architecture

Process Biography Scheme

Process biography

Who initiated the project and why?

who: _ City of Amsterdam why:_provide housing for families with children (social and market rate housing) _revitalization of previously developed site

When was public participation most intensive?

_ at the beginning

Which participation tools have been applied and on which level of participation?

_the project has been evaluated regarding fulfilment of the measures for sustainable building as set forth by the Dutch National Package for Sustainable Building (see http://www.dubocentrum.nl) and includes a round table discussion with key actors about the process

_at the very beginning questionnaires and face-to-face discussions with people living in neighborhood areas

_Westerpark ran a newspaper ad to inform the public of its plans about the "car-free space" idea

_brochures, educational materials and promotional items about the "car-free space"

_the project phase involved the participation of five architectural offices known for their architectural competence, supported by an environmental consultant

Which stakeholders have been involved?

_the history behind the realisation of GWL–terrein is long and the planning process has involved many actors from experts to public participation through a reference group of people from the neighbourhood. _the project involved also the participation of five architectural offices known for their architectural competence, supported by an environmental consultant, as well two contractors to speed up the process.

Have there been any festivities in order to involve the public?

_there has been no festivity in order to involve the public.

Who made the major decisions and when?

_ City of Amsterdam (at the beginning) _project commission (during all the project) _Design team: KCAP, masterplanners, and West8 Landscape Architects (during the design phase)



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