Iconic architecture by MVRDV

The Oosterlingen was designed by the architectural firm MVRDV. This international firm designs sustainable meeting and other properties for homes, restaurants, shops and offices where people and vibrancy are the priorities. Their designs are iconic and often an attraction for the city. Winy Maas on the Oosterlingen: ‘The Oosterlingen conveys a message about a neighbourhood that aims to be social and green. Whether you prefer liveliness or peace and quiet, the Oosterlingen has both, offering space for business and hospitality that centre around the square, but also collective roof gardens where you can relax and unwind.’

Vitality and balance

The Oosterlingen creates a contrasting Amsterdam street on Oostenburg island through the variation of high-rise and low-rise buildings and the use of different materials. It strikes a balance between liveliness and calm thanks to an intimate urban landscape with green roof gardens that form a contrast with the island’s industrial heritage and identity.

The Oosterlingen is boldly designed and employs earthy materials and specific, vibrant flora and fauna for each building. The interior of the buildings also conveys this design with spacious courtyards, elegant staircases and in the colours and materials used for the entrances and stairwells.


The Oosterlingen is a place for inspiration, for living, working and socialising in the centre of Amsterdam. It offers opportunities to take some time alone, or connect with neighbours. There is a green collective area in the buildings located directly on the square that facilitates meet-ups. These facilities encourage dynamic use, and forge connections between residents and visitors. The variety of types of homes will contribute to a mix of residents at the Oosterlingen, all of whom have a love of urban life.

Sustainable, green and biodiverse

The Oosterlingen is committed to providing a liveable environment for people and animals. A living environment that is ideal for island life – pure, green, biodiverse, circular and future-oriented. Each building will have its own sustainable façade, made from materials such as reclaimed wood, brick overstock, microconcrete or even made entirely of living greenery. The guiding principle in selecting materials is that their origin should preferably be local, reusable or recycled. Several buildings have a partial wood structure. Wood emits much less CO2 than concrete which is regularly used as a building material.

Water buffering and solar panels

The Oosterlingen has a water buffering facility for excess stormwater runoff. This helps counteract the heat-island effect, a phenomenon in which the temperature in urban areas is higher on average than in the surrounding rural area. Water will be stored on the naturally landscaped roofs, and the solar panels provide green energy for the common areas. The apartments are very well-insulated, providing a comfortable living environment in the home, whilst also keeping noise out. Ground energy (thermal storage) combined with a heat pump ensures a warm home at affordable energy costs. Further information on this WKO (thermal storage) system is available on the documents page.

A home for flora and fauna

The Oosterlingen is characterised by its abundance of greenery, on the façades as well as the roofs. The greenery is specifically chosen to ensure that the different species collectively contribute to the continuation and enhancement of the existing flora and fauna in the area. The roof terraces are separated by plant-filled containers, roofs are covered with moss and Sedum, and foliage grows on the façades.

In addition to being a home for its future residents, each building at the Oosterlingen will also act as a refuge for butterflies, birds, bees and bats, contributing to the biodiversity of the city. Bee bricks will attract bees that improve the pollination of flowers, shrubs and trees in the city and sparrow houses provide shelter for protected native house sparrows.


Unique for Amsterdam: at the Oosterlingen, you purchase a home and own the land on which it was built. You become the owner of the land, together with your fellow residents in a homeowners association. In other words, no leasehold applies.


On Oostenburg island, cars are guests, and space is created for cyclists and pedestrians. You won’t find a parking garage in the Oosterlingen, but instead, an accessible bicycle parking area.

Several of the homes will be sold including a parking space in the adjacent Q-Park multistorey car park. The remaining homes will be entitled to rent a parking space in the same adjacent car park. The Q-Park garage also has charging stations for electric cars.