2019 Tours

the 2019 WAF Amsterdam tours

WAF is pleased to announce that following the success of last year's WAF Tour Programme, we are offering Amsterdam tours again this year. Amsterdam has a unique architectural landscape, allowing us to tap into its magnificent architectural heritage, first-class contemporary buildings and the vibrant architectural scene across the Netherlands. This year, WAF presents the best art spaces and most intriguing building projects, exciting protagonists and iconic locations. 

Tour places are inclusive in the Festival Plus Delegate Pass and Accommodation package. Why not make the most of your visit to Amsterdam and include one of our unique tours in your trip by booking your pass now. Click here to book.

Once your pass is booked, our Customer Care team will be in contact to confirm which tour you would like to attend. Tours will be available to book onto on a first come first served basis and spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

OPTION 1 - AMSTERDAM'S CENTRAL WATERFRONT

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This tour will provide a great insight into the historic and continuing urban development of Amsterdam and its impressive architecture. The tour will focus on the central waterfront which has played an important role in the development of the city and is now being transformed into a new part of the cultural city centre. This area has seen an impressive amount of development and currently accommodates a large variety of high quality projects including infrastructure, commercial, residential, public, educational and cultural buildings.

Highlights of the tour include:

ODE Island: This ambitious city centre development on a former postal office district contains a hotel, offices, luxury apartments, retail, restaurants, music conservatory and the impressive city library.
Het Scheepsvaartsgebouw: Old headquarters of the shipping company and one of the most striking examples of the Amsterdam School architecture movement. 
Central Station: The area around the central station is being redeveloped into a modern infrastructure hub and gateway to the waterfront with many infrastructural projects such as a new metro line, elevated bus station, innovative bike storages, pedestrian & bike tunnels and the IJhallen project with new shops and restaurants.
Overhoeks: This area formerly occupied by the offices of Shell just across from the central station is rapidly turning into one of the main event areas of the city. With the impressive ADAM hotel, club & creative hub in the former office towers, a new restaurant & music venue in the former Shell canteen.
Eye Filmmuseum: This cultural building on the waterfront serves as an icon for the redevelopment North of Amsterdam, designed by Delugan + Meisll. Including interior.
IJdock: High density mixed-use development on a purposely built new island in the central waterfront. This island features a hotel, luxury apartments, water police headquarters and new law courts all in a spectacular masterplan with the most striking architecture.

OPTION 2 - AMSTERDAM'S EASTERN DOCKLANDS

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This tour will provide a great insight into the successful transformation of the Eastern Docklands into a much loved housing area. These man made harbour islands have each been given a unique character through innovative master-plans by famous Dutch architects and accommodate a wide range of innovative housing typologies, cultural buildings and bridges. The tour will provide an overview of the most interesting projects in the different areas as well as the history and planning, specific Dutch policies on (social) housing and their relation to the squatter movement.

Highlights of the tour include:

Merchants Quay: Linear development along a former harbour island with a row of old warehouses which have been partially re-used and redeveloped into offices, commercial and cultural facilities including the Music Building by 3XN.
Java Island: This former harbour island was redeveloped to accommodate new canals with modern canal houses, large blocks with landscaped communal gardens, sculptural bridges and a wide range of dwelling types.
KNSM Island: Interesting mix of redeveloped old harbour buildings and large scale modern city blocks. Including the impressive "Pireaus" building by Hans Kollhoff.
Lloyd hotel: This impressive building accommodated an immigration hotel, prison and artist colony and a has now been transformed into a 1 to 5 star hotel and cultural embassy through a provocative interior re-design by MVRDV that incorporates all the historical layers within the building. Including interior tour.
Borneo & Sporenburg: These former harbour peninsulas were transformed into an attractive low-rise, high density housing district according to a famous master-plan by West 8. The area accommodates many new housing typologies, eye-catching single family homes by architects such as MVRDV and spectacular bridges.
Funen Park: This quiet living oasis and completely car free neighbourhood was built next to one of Netherlands's busiest train lines. The area is carefully planned as a communal and public park with a range of beautiful apartment blocks and town houses including the iconic "wave roof" building by NL architects.

OPTION 3 - NDSM WHARF and AMSTERDAM NORTH

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This area has always played a central role in the development of the city; from the historic harbour and industrial area it is now rapidly being transformed into the new heart of the city with many new impressive projects that include cultural and public buildings as well as housing and hotels. This tour focuses on the transformation of Amsterdam's Northern Waterfront as well as the sustainable development.

Highlights of the tour include:
Central Station:
The area around the central station is being redeveloped into a modern infrastructure hub and gateway to the waterfront with many infrastructural projects such as a new metro line, elevated bus station, innovative bike storage, pedestrian & bike tunnels and the IJhallen project with new shops and restaurants.
Eye Filmmuseum: This important cultural building on the waterfront serves as an icon for the redevelopment of the North of Amsterdam designed by Delugan + Meisll.
IJdock: High density mixed use development on a purposely built new island in the central waterfront. This island features a hotel, luxury apartments, water police headquarters and new law courts all in a spectacular masterplan with the most striking architecture.
Silodam: This harbour dam accommodates apartments in renovated grain silos as well as the iconic Silodam apartment building by MVRDV
NDSM warf: Initiated by a group of artist, architects and former squatters, this former ship building wharf to the north of the city centre is being transformed into Amsterdam's foremost creative hub and "artist breeding ground". Amongst others the area features the longest office building built on a former crane track, a boutique hotel in a 90m tall crane and an artist city of self built ateliers in a the former dock building. The area also host more than 70 festivals and events per year and can be described as the largest urban playground and laboratory of the city.

OPTION 4 - AMSTERDAM ARCHITECTURE BOAT TOUR

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This custom boat tour provides a great opportunity to view the best contemporary architecture from the perspective of the water. As most of Amsterdam's buildings are built on the waters edge this tour will allow participants to obtain a overview of the most important developments in the city including the city centre, central waterfront and eastern docklands.

Highlights of the tour include:
Central Station:
The area around the central station is being redeveloped into a modern infrastructure hub and gateway to the waterfront with many infrastructural projects such as a new metro line, elevated bus station, innovative bike storages, pedestrian & bike tunnels and the IJhallen project with new shops and restaurants.
IJdock: High density mixed-use development on a purposely built new island in the central waterfront. This island features a hotel, luxury apartments, water police headquarters and new law courts all in a spectacular masterplan with the most striking architecture.
Silodam: This harbour dam accommodates apartments in renovated grain silos as well as the iconic Silodam apartment building by MVRDV
OverhoeksThis area formerly occupied by the offices of Shell just across from the central station is rapidly turning into one of the main event areas of the city. With the impressive ADAM hotel, club & creative hub in the former office towers, a new restaurant & music venue in the former Shell canteen.
Eye Filmmuseum: This important cultural building on the waterfront serves as an icon for redevelopment the North of Amsterdam designed by Delugan + Meisll. Including interior.
Merchants Quay: Linear development along a former harbour island with a row of old warehouses which have been partially re-used and redeveloped into offices commercial and cultural facilities including the Music Building by 3XN.
Java Island: This former harbour island was redeveloped to accommodate new canals with modern canal houses, large blocks with landscaped communal gardens, sculptural bridges and a wide range of dwelling types.
KNSM Island: Interesting mix of redeveloped old harbour buildings and large scale modern city blocks. Including the impressive "Pireaus" building by Hans Kollhoff.
Borneo & Sporenburg: These former harbour peninsulas were transformed into an attractive low-rise, high density housing district according to a famous master-plan by West 8. The area now features a high quality residential area with many new housing typologies, eye-catching single family homes and spectacular bridges.
ODE Island: This ambitious city centre development on former postal office district contains a hotel, offices, luxury apartments, retail, restaurants, music conservatory and the impressive city library.

OPTION 5 - HOUTHAVENS AND WESTERN DOCKS

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This tour focuses on the former timber harbours in the western docklands which are currently being transformed into a new city district with innovative housing developments as well public and cultural facilities

Highlights of the tour include:
Westerdok:
Highest density housing development in the city. Range of apartments on the new waterfront, with large communal courtyards.
IJdock:High density mixed use development on a purposely built new island in the central waterfront. This island features a hotel, luxury apartments, water police headquarters and new law courts all in a spectacular masterplan with the most striking architecture.
Silodam: This harbour dam accommodates apartments in renovated grain silos as well as the iconic Silodam apartment building by MVRDV
Houthavens:The first energy neutral city quarter in Amsterdam located on former timber harbours. The area is currently being redeveloped into a new climate neutral city district with a range of collectively developed apartment buildings.
"Superlofts": A new development concept by Marc Koehler Architects where inhabitants have designed and built their own custom apartments within a series of 'loft' spaces.
Pontsteiger: The impressive landmark building by Arons and Gelauff architects with hotels restaurants, private marina and luxury apartments spanning between two 90m high towers.
Rem Eiland: This former radio broadcasting station in the North Sea has been relocated to the Houthavens and transformed into a restaurant and multi-functional studio by Concrete architects, offering spectacular views over the city and harbour

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