Art factories (cultural breeding places) are locations where various forms of creativity, crafts and meetings converge. These buildings house a range of artistic studios, craft workplaces, artist in residencies and – in some cases – hip clubs, bars and restaurants. Basically, they are a melting pot of artists in many disciplines, craftsmen and women, and cultural businesses. They give rise to well-known artists as well as medium to large creative businesses. Many of the companies remain small, but together with a range of multitalented counterparts, they can attract and complete large assignments through their multidisciplinary networks.
These art factories benefit from affordable space enabling them to flourish. Real estate developers, who stand to benefit from the added value of creativity in their projects, can set aside floor area (500 - 5000 m2) for such breeding places in their plans. They can be established anywhere in the AMA.
Housing for young people
In recent years, housing young people (students and youngsters aged 18 to 28) has been a hot topic in the Netherlands. Affordability, location, good services and proper building and campus management are important aspects in creating housing for this group. Housing developments can be located anywhere in the AMA as long as connections to major hubs and educational institutes are available or can be created.
Transformations and redevelopments
There’s a growing demand for space to live, work and relax in the AMA. At the same time, however, the region is facing building vacancies. Transforming offices in particular is one way of catering to housing demand, and this includes housing for the aged and vulnerable target groups. Workspace, hotels, cultural breeding places and buildings, and schools are also created in the course of the transformation. The AMA is addressing office vacancies, as well as vacancies related to other kinds of real estate such as business space and social real estate. The transformation of an office block into a residential building or hotel is doomed to fail unless the associated zoning plan is adjusted. Transforming a building is not something that can be done overnight. It often takes the owner some time to reach a decision to change the building’s function. Creativity and time are then needed to come up with a solid, feasible plan. A distinction can be drawn between three different kinds of transformation: conversion, demolition/new construction and concentration.
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has long had a dense and well-structured retail network that enables most people to shop daily only a few minutes from home. New technologies and economic developments are altering customer attitudes and demands; people are increasingly shopping online and they are seeking greater convenience and enhanced customer experience. One of the main tasks is to create a better balance in the retail property market by cutting back on the available retail space, while at the same time providing perspective for new and innovative store concepts. In doing so its ensured that shopping areas remain attractive and that retail continues tob e a healthy, innovative an thriving sector. The economic outlook is promising and consumer confidence is growing. There is a relatively high level of transparency, stable demographics, hig profitability and relatively favourable prices.
For industrial use, such as distribution, manufacturing, warehouse facilities and datacenters. This category ranges from smaller properties, often called ‘Flex’ or ‘R&D’ properties, to larger service or warehouse properties to the very large ‘big box’ industrial properties. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area offers you plenty of space for your business development in a region with extensive infrastructure and high-end logistic hubs: airport, seaport, greenport and dataport. Your gateway to Europe!
Any property that a municipality has designated for single family homes, apartments, co-operatives, townhouses,and any other place where people live and that derives most of its revenue from dwelling units.
The AMA has worked tirelessly in recent years to combat vacancies and breathe new life into the office market. Headed up by a transformation director, this has been achieved through engaging an office supervisor, reducing planning and stimulating transformation. And this multifaceted approach has proved successful. The envisaged movement in the office market has been set in motion, a great deal has been transformed, office blocks have been redeveloped into modern offices and new, successful office concepts have emerged. The AMA is now also a leading economic region offering employment opportunities, forecast population growth and major residential production. A strong growth scenario will be attainable in the years ahead for this region.
Mixed-use developments are often urban developments in which commercial, cultural, recreational, institutional and/or industrial uses are combined. The functions are physically and functionally integrated. These areas are characterised as having an especially nice living environment. The developments can be realised in the form of a single building, a city block or entire neighbourhoods.