Thursday, June 06, 2019


Last week (week 22) Bijlmermuseum has got a status as a protected cityscape of Amsterdam. It is an ensemble of six highrise flats: Gooioord, Groeneveen, Grubbehoeve, Kikkenstein, Kleiburg and Kruitberg. This protected status comes along for all characteristic inner streets, metro line, water & greenery underlying structures and original bicycle and pedestrian bridges. 

The protection status ensures that Bijlmermuseum as a unity will have integral maintenance and emergency treatments. It also means that any inquiry of permit requires admission framework. 

Bijlmermuseum is the youngest protected cityscape of Amsterdam. Previously, Amsterdam has already two protected cityscapes and one protected village scape on the municipality level, three protected cityscapes and three protected village scapes on the national level.  The plan area generally at the north is Bijlmeerdreef, at the east is Groesbeekdreef, at the west is 's Gravendijkdreef and at the south is Karspeldreef. 

Bijlmermeer area was developed about a half-century ago before it went to rigorous renewal actions with consequences of demolitions and new developments. In 1984 Bijlmer Museum Foundation was established by residents. In 1998 the Municipality has made a decision to respect the original design principles of the area and in 2008 Bijlmermuseum was inlisted in the Top 100 postwar heritage on the municipality level.  

(Source: De Echo, 5 June 2019)

(Pictures: Wikimedia Commons)

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