For the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture team New UTility researched to which extent a New Energy Landscape (harvesting renewable energy in an urban setting) could be a solution to revive Business Parks with a large amount of vacancy. For a test case they took the famous Amsterdam Amstel III area.
The New Utilities Team (NUT) consists of Jan Heijn (De Gezonde Stad), Erno Langenberg (ELstudio) and René Kuiken (René Kuiken urbanism). The team worked on two major issues. Firstly the problem of the large amount of vacant office buildings, on the other hand the ever increasing demand for energy. The team investigated whether a new energy landscape existing of renewable energy could be placed in office areas with a large amount of vacancy.
As a test case they took the famous Amsterdam Amstel III area. By not only looking at the reallocation of the vacant offices buildings, but also specifically at the large amount of public space at these business parks, they unlock a palette of new possibilities for usage. Furthermore, the cheaper public space offers opportunities for usages that can not (yet) afford the prices of the office spaces. The team calculated in collaboration with experts from Fakton, that with this strategy the inevitable ‘write off’ value of such buildings and sites can be significantly reduced. The NUT team presented its bid book to Alderman Van Poelgeest of the municipality of Amsterdam. During the presentation on September 11, 2012, they showed this in a short film, in which also Ronald Huikeshoven, regional director of AM Noord Holland, spoke about the project. Huikeshoven signed a letter of intent with the team to examine how, with this strategy at hand, a serious start can be made to transform vacant office locations.
Read the article on the NAI website (Dutch) Download the bid book (Dutch, pdf 12MB)
Watch the video recordings of the presentation in the NAI on September 11, 2012 (Dutch)
Read the review of the evening on Archined (Dutch)