Urban Study A10 Ring Road & Lelylaan Area


Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2016

Commissioned by The Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA), in consultation with the Rijkswaterstraat and Amsterdam City Council, a multidisciplinary team consisting of UNStudio (architects/urban designers), Goudappel Coffeng (mobility consultants), GeoPhy (data specialists) and 2getthere (automated transit systems) has collaborated on a study that examines the future potential of the integration of infrastructure and city development around the area of Amsterdam’s A10 ring road and the Leylaan area.
Currently the A10 ring road in Amsterdam forms a barrier that inhibits connection between the inner and outer parts of the city and renders its immediate surroundings both uninhabitable and unused. As population growth has propelled development further outward from the city centre and along the ring road, an opportunity was identified to integrate the highway and the city in a way that generates new forms of living and improves mobility for future inhabitants.
The result of the study formulates solutions that reconcile the disparate nature of the highway and the city through the injection of new programmes and amenities, alongside improved accessibility, to make the A10 and its surrounding neighbourhoods a desirable destination with a positive presence in the city. 
The goal of the proposal is twofold: a proposition for a new multimodal transport hub located on the intersection between Cornelis Lelyaan and the A10, and new urban developments on both sides of the A10 that link the adjacent neighbourhoods and create a unique new address in Amsterdam.


Client: BNA, with Rijkswaterstraat, Gemente Amsterdam, TUDelft
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Building volume: 750,000 m² (proposed)
Building site: A10 Postjesweg –Heemstedestraat (approx. 500,000 m²)
Programme: Infrastructure, Mixed Use
Status: Design proposal (2016)


UNStudio: Ben van Berkel, Caroline Bos, Harm Wassink with Lars van Hoften, Dana Behrman and Maria Zafeiriadou, Chen Hu

Advisors / Team
Traffic/Mobility: Goudappel Coffeng
Data analysis and Business Plan: Geophy
Automated mobility systems: 2getthere