De Ceuvel
Sebastian van Damme

De Ceuvel

DELVA as Landscape Architects

De Ceuvel is a former shipyard in the docks of Buiksloterham Amsterdam. Because of the economic crisis, the polluted and abandoned shipyard was not remediated or further developed, but the City of Amsterdam and Noordwaarts made the area available for ten years for the most innovative plan. 

The winning plan, 'Zuiverend Park De Ceuvel' by DELVA, Space&Matter and Studio Valkenier, proposed an organically growing incubator. Abandoned houseboats that have been restored and reused as temporary accommodation for innovative businesses are central to the design. Around them lies an ingenious green park that purifies the soil and prepares it for future redevelopment.

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The pollution in the soil and water will not be solved in a conventional way, but with emission-free phytoremediation: a technique in which plants are used to extract pollution from the soil. In this way, we are simultaneously creating a natural solution and a lush green environment around the renovated houseboats. 

A careful selection of grasses, reeds and herbs converts the pollution into nutrients and adds oxygen to the soil and water. Together with a bio-digester, the plants convert the biomass created into energy. Today De Ceuvel is a model for the research of the universities of Wageningen and Ghent into organic soil purification and biomass production.

photo_credit Sebastian van Damme
Sebastian van Damme

De Ceuvel is now a laboratory for creating smart and sustainable cities. The success of De Ceuvel has seen the project develop from a temporary incubator into a permanent hotspot in the city, with new hospitality functions, innovative makers and a floating hotel. The project started with the creation of economic viability, but now also establishes a new economy. Bringing together different people and functions gives the project an integral value and makes it inspiring for all.

De Ceuvel was one of the first steps in the broader development of Buiksloterham, for which DELVA drew up the Spatial Framework . In the development of Buiksloterham, greening and densification go hand in hand.

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