COVERSTORY WITH CHRISTA WIERTZ-WEZENBEEK, PRESIDENT OF THE AMSTERDAM DISTRICT COURT

At the end of 2020, the Amsterdam District Court will be moving into a new building, which is currently erected on the site of the old courthouse on Parnassusweg. Construction got underway some time ago and the contours of the building are taking shape. In the meantime, the court is conducting business in temporary premises on Frederik Roeskestraat. The new courthouse is injecting a massive impetus for the further development of Zuidas as a whole. Hello Zuidas interviewed Christa Wiertz-Wezenbeek, now six months into her tenure as president of the Amsterdam District Court, about this mega-project.

MEER TIJD NODIG VOOR ZUIDASDOK

De opdrachtgevers van Zuidasdok, het Rijk, de gemeente Amsterdam, Vervoerregio Amsterdam en provincie Noord-Holland, hebben in een brief aangegeven meer informatie te willen hebben alvorens ze een besluit kunnen nemen over het vervolg van het project. Dat meldt Zuidas.nlvandaag.

JOINING FORCES FOR EFFICIENT WASTE PROCESSING AT NEW AMSTERDAM

A group of businesses in the New Amsterdam building have been working to optimize a smarter, more sustainable and more efficient approach to waste processing and disposal. The key is joining forces, thus consolidating suppliers and allowing for sustainable procurement. Calvin Choi, the owner of the Market33 food court, reached out to Hello Zuidas to ask if we could set up a case study on this initiative. That led to discussions with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, which deployed research student Stijn Kuhne to tackle the project. We talked to Calvin and Stijn about their findings.

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Zuidas Architecture - EMA HQ: new architectural landmark fits seamlessly in Zuidas

Zuidas is renowned for its pioneering architecture. As it matures into an international quarter of Amsterdam, buildings are shooting up right and left in Zuidas. Amidst all these modern skyscrapers, it may be difficult to imagine that just about 20 years ago this stretch of land connecting the residential neighbourhoods of Zuid and Buitenveldert consisted mostly of tennis courts and football pitches. In this series we zoom in on the architecture of Zuidas. This time, we take a closer look at the EMA building.

Bolenius Restaurant: THE ‘FLAGSHIP’ OF DUTCH CUISINE

Amid all the modern architecture of Zuidas, the polished style of Luc Kusters (chef) and Xavier Giesen’s (maître d’) restaurant has a refreshing and contemporary feel. With a coveted Michelin star, Bolenius Restaurant is the ‘flagship’ of Dutch Cuisine, serving modern creations prepared with local ingredients and a respect for tradition and nature.

‘IT’S BRILJANT TO DEVELOP THE HOTEL FURTHER AND TAP INTO NEW MARKETS’

Hotel Holiday Inn Amsterdam occupies a building on De Boelelaan that went up fifty years ago. Originally built as a Esso Motor Hotel, back then this was the tallest hotel for miles. In fact, taller structures weren’t allowed on account of the telecom tower. Hotel Holiday Inn Amsterdam has 264 rooms, 11 conference rooms and an open lobby with a cosy bar area serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hello Zuidas caught up with General Manager Janneke van Beuzekom to hear more about the hotel.

Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal: A new favorite hotspot in Zuidas!

Popped by the revamped Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal yet? No? Then you’re missing out! Ten months ago, Gert Blom, former owner of Michelin-starred Amarone in Rotterdam, took the helm. Hello Zuidas talked to him about his plans for Het Amsterdamse Proeflokaal and got a ‘taste’ of what to expect.

This put a smile on our faces: Happyhappyjoyjoy is coming to Zuidas!

Great news! Happyhappyjoyjoy is expanding, opening a fifth restaurant in Zuidas’ Crowne Plaza Hotel this January. Happyhappyjoyjoy celebrates Asian cuisine, with a menu sure to ‘blow your taste buds to new horizons’, assure proprietors Crowne Plaza Amsterdam and IQ Creatives. Hello Zuidas can’t wait till the opening!

Get a taste of Gelderlandplein!

Flaky croissants, delectable sweet treats, authentic ravioli and risotto, gourmet sandwiches, pho, Asian bites, tapas, curry, hand-cut chips, deluxe fish platters or a three-course lunch with your favourite wine: come get a taste of Gelderlandplein! Gelderlandplein has all this and more under one roof, whether you want to shop till you drop, run some quick errands or go for a dinner date. And it’s all just a stone’s throw from Zuidas.

Legal News #Update

Stibbe has appointed three new partners in as many departments as from 1 January 2020. They are Muriël Rosing, Jan van Oosten and IJsbrand van Straten. All three have a long tenure at Stibbe and, according to Managing Partner Derk Lemstra, ‘have demonstrated their talent and developed into top specialists in their fields. Their appointments are an important contribution towards our ambition to advise clients on complex, high-end legal questions’. We talked to Muriël, Jan and IJsbrand about their specializations and about Zuidas.

Cultivate an athlete’s mindset to turn eployees into vital performers

What does your company need to perform even better? Vital performers: employees who feel at the top of their game. Pro-Motion, a new organization in Amstelveen, can get them there. Pro-Motion develops and guides vitality programmes. So how do you become a vital performer? With an athlete’s mindset! Hello Zuidas talked with founder and organizational expert Enno Tjepkema about how this mindset can help everyone – even sport haters – achieve their full potential in the workplace.

25 Years in Holland... Sorry: The Netherlands

Hoera! I’m celebrating 25 years in Dutch- land. Amsterdam has changed a lot since 1994. I myself have changed a lot since 1994. For example, when I got here my name was Greg Shore. Shore is the name of the step-father grew up with, so it’s the name I grew up with. But it was the Dutch who said ‘What’s your birth name? THAT’S your name. Shapiro: cool name.’ And my name is not the only one that would change...

Property #Interview

Real estate consultancy firm Colliers recently published an article, drawing attention to the large share of leased offices in the Netherlands that are unoccupied. Even at peak times, one in three workspaces on average goes unused by employees. According to Colliers’ calculations, companies are leasing 2.5 million m2 in excess office space. Bad as this is from an economic standpoint, it’s even worse from a societal and environmental point of view. These are the conclusions of Colliers’ office market report. We learned more from Harold Coenders, partner and director of Occupier Services at Colliers International.

Construction news

Works at Amsterdam Zuid Station May 30 - June 1

From Saturday 30 May until Monday 1 June 2020, work will be carried out for the additional traveler tunnel for Amsterdam Zuid station. During 3 days, part of the tracks will be excavated to work on the foundation for the second roof section of the new Brittenpassage.