Amsterdam – De Weesper (PIOA)

Amsterdam The Netherlands


After the departure of the PIOA (prison facility) from the Bijlmerbajes complex, the government organized a competition for the redevelopment of this former prison. The challenge was to create a design that transforms this into a coherent part of the city and of the urban network. OKRA has developed the design for Vastint in collaboration with, among others, Barcode Architects and CF Möller.



OKRA’s vision: a vital city is an attractive and successful city. The healthier the inhabitants, the more they contribute to the liveability and economy of the city. OKRA’s design offers a lot of space for ecology, focuses on sustainable water systems and renewable energy sources. The layout of the living environment unmistakably influences the behavior of people: De Weesper tempts inhabitants towards an active lifestyle with the realization of good walking and cycling paths and attractive places for sports and games.



De Weesper focuses on public space with human dimensions. The canal is transformed into a green-blue park-like edge, creating places to play and relax. The carefully designed connection between the buildings and ground level enhances the interaction between the two and stimulates a sense of ownership.