Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lelylaan and its surroundings.
In the 1960s Lelylaan was the first raised urban motorway in the Netherlands. The direct connection to the Amsterdam ring road, the railway and metro stations as well as the relative proximity of Schiphol Airport and the Zuidas development location currently increase the area’s attractiveness for redevelopment and densification. As a result, an opportunity presents itself to transform Lelylaan from an urban motorway into an urban street. By compressing the ring road connection and thanks to a level junction with Jan Tooroopstraat, Lelylaan will regain its spatial continuity from Sloterplas to Surinameplein. This reorganization of traffic structure will generate an urban densification zone between Schipluidenlaan and Johan Jongkindstraat with addresses along the south side of Lelylaan. The Masterplan focuses on shaping the infrastructure and public space and defining the attachment of the future building mass to the ground level. The volume of the buildings is bounded by envelopes indicating the maximum contours and simultaneously guaranteeing subtle cohesion with the zoned composition of the buildings erected according to the original Amsterdam Extension Plan (AUP). The architectural expression has been deliberately disregarded at this stage of the masterplan.