Porten Development

22 | PORTEN DEVELOPMENT On 26 February 2020 Gemeente Zaanstad concluded the agreement for the Houthavenkade with Porten Development B.V. and Bot Bouw B.V. In May 2022 Ten Brinke Bouw B.V. replaced Bot Bouw B.V. and became joint venture partner with Porten Development B.V. The Houthavenkade project in Zaandam is making way for a sustainable residential area with 710 homes. The project will accommodate 30% of social housing, 20% mid-rental units and 50% private sector rental apartments. It will be the connecting link between Ducra harbour, Het Eiland, and the Russische Buurt, and forms a beautiful new entrance to the center of Zaandam. The urban plan for this new part of Zaandam is a co-creation between VAN AKEN and supervisor Sjoerd Soeters. VAN AKEN designed all individual buildings, inspired by the port history and the industrial heritage of the ‘Zaanse Schans’, as well as the interaction with the water. The core of the project is the ‘water square’ in the center, with adjacent hospitality facilities as a meeting point. An extra bridge to the Russische Buurt will be added. There will be a small harbour for passing recreational boats, adjacent to catering establishments and furnished with stairs. Green public space between the houses reinforces the impression of sustainability. Houthavenkade is within walking distance of Zaandam station, city hall and the largely traffic-free city center of Zaandam. Residents park under the buildings or use one of the shared cars. HOUTHAVENKADE ZAANDAM SPECIFICATIONS GROSS FLOOR AREA APPROX. 75,000 M2 PROGRAM 710 DWELLINGS ARCHITECT VAN AKEN CAE CONSTRUCTION START 2023