Amsterdam Silo’s

When the Water purification plant of the city of Amsterdam was relocated from Zeeburger island to the harbor area to make way for a new housing district, three characteristic silos were saved as a reminder of the past. With one of the three silos already being developed, only two silos were subject of the competition organized by the municipality of Amsterdam.


The proposal focused on regaining a logic unity between the silos by transforming the entire ensemble, incorporating the new plans of the third silo, into one new iconic landmark for the new urban development of Zeeburgereiland.


The mediatheque, a box-shaped volume proposed on top of the two existing silo’s, will function as a new public space with a great view on the city. On top of the mediatheque three smaller volumes are envisioned containing a restaurant, congress space and a wedding chapel. In the two existing silos, a theater and its supporting back of house functions will be inserted.

Location: Zeeburgereiland, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Client: Projectbureau IJburg

Program: Mediatheque, restaurant, congress space, wedding chapel, theatre, offices

Area: 5.840 m2
Status: Competition entry 2008
Project Team: Jarrik Ouburg, Studio Paulien Bremmer, Fortress Vastgoed, Stichting THT2100, Stichting Metropolis