The Diemerdam Fortress is part of the ‘Stelling of Amsterdam’. This historical defence line was recently put on the UNESCO world heritage list. This ignited a re-development plan for Fort Diemerdam to make it accessible to visitors. The existing bunkers and fortress guardian house have been restored and the original plan of slopes and strongholds is restored. Emma architects has designed a new pavilion in which and from which puur produkties revives the fortress again with events, tours and catering.

Now, how to create something new in a place where it is fixed that the old is protected? Emma started looking for ways to simultaneously convey both an air of positive futurism, as well as a strong sense of the past. They found leads in the history of the fort and in the special landscape that surrounds her.

Facade 1
Facade at night
Roof terrace
Facade 2
Facade 3
Swing image
Window detail 1
Window detail 2
Existing door detail
Site plan

Commission: Public building in a fortress.
Redevelopment of the terrain, design of building

Client: Stadsherstel NV, Amsterdam

Design: 2007-2011

Status: Realised, opened in 2012

Team Emma: Marten de Jong, Jurg Hertog, Gerdo Weltevreden, Rob Bakker, Janneke van de Velden

Structure: Breed id, the Hague
HVAC: Ingenieursbureau Linssen, Amsterdam
Landscape: ARDA, Amsterdam

Interior design: Puur produkties, Amsterdam

Contractor: JC Nieuwenhuizen

Photography: John Lewis Marshall, John van Helvert

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