Project Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Eye-catcher along the water

Sector: Buildings

BESIX will develop the project Sluishuis, a new landmark in the emerging neighborhood of Ijburg, Amsterdam, in combination with VORM. The design is by BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group – and Barcode Architects from Rotterdam. The project has a surface of 46,000 m² and offers 380 zero‐energy residences and 30 spots for houseboats.

Striking Sluishuis

Located between the dense city and the vast landscapes on the edge of Amsterdam, the new Sluishuis is shaped by its complex surroundings at once close to large infrastructure and to small‐scale urban settlements. The classical courtyard building is revitalized by two transformations; it fully embraces the idea of living on the water and appears different from every vantage point. Toward the water the block is lifted up, forming a large opening that brings water from the Ij Lake into the courtyard and brings daylight and views to the complex’s inner apartments. Toward the neighbouring urban district the block steps down like a cascade of landscaped terraces, creating a natural transition from cityscape to smaller scale, natural surroundings.

Sustainability is key

The Sluishuis design boasts ambitious sustainability parameters. The residences will increase social sustainability in the new neighborhood by reducing environmental impact during the construction phase, limiting total CO2 emissions, and by using renewable resources throughout the building.

For BESIX, Sluishuis is a perfect addition to further support our growth in the Netherlands, specifically in Amsterdam and adjacent urban areas. It is a comprehensive and ambitious project and our international development and construction experience will contribute to its success. We are looking forward to further developing this iconic building with our partners at VORM.

Jeroen Philtjens
Managing Director of BESIX Nederland 

Project details

Project name


Area(s) of expertise


Contract type

Design, Build & Finance


Amsterdam, The Netherlands



External partner(s)



City of Amsterdam 

Building Period

2017 - 2018


Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Barcode Architects

Project Website

Total value

€ 70 million


380 low-energy apartments, 4,000 m² of commercial and/or common space


46,000 m²

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