City living reinvented Bajeskwartier, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland

Who doesn't know them, the imposing towers of the Bijlmerbajes in Amsterdam, along the railway line to Utrecht. Once, the Bijlmerbajes, not actually located in the Bijlmer, was a place you'd rather avoid. Now, here in Overamstel, a green, creative and vibrant neighborhood is emerging where everyone is welcome. It will become an inspiring neighborhood within the ring of Amsterdam. A place to live, work, learn, create and recreate. In Bajeskwartier, there is space for startups, education, art, hospitality, sports, maker spaces, a school and much more. Bajeskwartier will be a vibrant green hotspot for true urbanites.

  • 30% social housing
  • Green hotspot
  • 98% reused materials

OMA,  FABRICations, LOLA Landscape


Gemeente Amsterdam, Schroders Capital, AT Capital




Under construction




27.000 m2


1,350 residences and approximately 27,000 m² of amenities (including design studios, health center, childcare).

Number of homes
Public garden in front of The Cardinal - designed by LOLA

Major Boost

The construction output in the capital city receives a significant boost with Bajeskwartier: approximately 1,350 residences are added here, ranging from affordable starter homes to exclusive houses and care homes. Thirty percent of these will be realized in social housing. Additionally, there is a strong emphasis on other functions, such as a design cluster, hospitality and a health center. All buildings will be fully energy-neutral, with wind energy being generated through the use of roof elements with built-in wind turbines. Additionally, organic waste from the neighborhood will be converted into electricity for the (gas-free) homes.

"Bajeskwartier will become a vibrant green hotspot for true urbanites"

Circularity as a core value

Circularity is one of the core values of the plan. Of the six towers, five will be demolished; the construction waste from this will be reused for 98 percent. This will be done in various ways. For example, the existing connecting street will form the base of the new residential buildings and facades of the prison towers will be used for student housing. Even the old bars will return, but now as balcony railings. This way, the past will have its own place in the new quarter in a unique way. The sixth tower that will be preserved will be transformed into a 'green tower' with a vertical park and urban farming.

The Jay
The Robin

Greenest neighborhood in Amsterdam

In Bajeskwartier, you'll find much more than just housing. There will be galleries, fantastic restaurants, a climbing route, a school, health center, maker spaces, and cafes. Despite its urban vibe, Bajeskwartier will also be the greenest neighborhood in Amsterdam, inviting a healthy lifestyle. Almost 70 contiguous gardens will be created, interspersed with water features and squares. In the Green Tower, a symbol of everything Bajeskwartier stands for, there will even be a vertical park and urban farming across multiple floors. Space for sports and games will be available everywhere.

The gardens and greenery will contrast beautifully with the iconic modern architecture and the rugged buildings of the old Bijlmerbajes. This visible history gives the neighborhood character and makes it a place like no other.

Living Lab

Inspiration, experience and progress are central in Bajeskwartier. The Living Lab here conducts research into the city of the future. It will be an innovative neighborhood with a focus on sustainability and circularity, as well as on healthy and happy living in the city. Bajeskwartier, a progressive neighborhood, with respect for the past of this historic place near the Amstel.