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Reflections on the Nieuwe Meer
Open city Amsterdam, 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, 2009
client: City of Amsterdam
team: Güller Güller architecture urbanism

We believe that the ‘natural gap’ of the Oeverlanden – the banks of the Nieuwe Meer lake set between the airport and Amsterdam – could be designated as a zone for global awareness, a blank page that can be rewritten repeatedly and a platform where global and local populations can meet each other.
It provides space for a children’s museum, a ‘World Forum’ for conferences, a ‘Reconvalescence Centre’ for senior citizens and an ‘Academy of Sounds and Water’, which amasses all the sounds from around the world and broadcasts them in public.
A metro line between airport and city interlinks the three centres, so that all generations, whether local or global, can encounter each other along this life-line.