Amsterdam Zuidas

Welcome to the new Amsterdam Zuidas Development Office website. Our office is one of the administrative bodies that make up the City of Amsterdam.

The Amsterdam Zuidas Development Office is dedicated to the development of Zuidas:  A prime international location for living, working and recreation.  It is located on the outskirts of the vibrant city of Amsterdam, only minutes away from one of Europe’s leading international airports:  Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

A significant number of our ambitions for Zuidas have already been realised: It is a dynamic working and living environment, with plenty of amenities ensuring both comfort and relaxation.

Zuidas will continue to develop in the decades to come. Zoning plans are in the making, more land is becoming available for development, new buildings are being planned or are under construction and public spaces are being redesigned.

Zuidas – literally meaning the “southern axis” – is an area strategically situated between Amsterdam City centre and Schiphol Airport.  With its high concentration of businesses, public institutions and housing, this is a dynamic new part of the Dutch capital.  Already a high-profile international business district and a centre of research and education, Zuidas is now evolving into a fully fledged urban hub – a place to live, work and play. What’s more, work is about to start on the most important infrastructure project in the entire Amsterdam Metropolitan Area:  Zuidasdok.

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Building Zuidas

We, in partnership with developers, are investing heavily in Zuidas. However this has a downside: The environmental disruption caused by the building of new homes, offices and amenities. As the area is becoming increasingly built up, we have to consider the wider local community. Accessibility is an important issue for Zuidas.  It is one of our greatest strengths but will also be our biggest challenge in the coming years. During the regeneration process there have been and will be periods when access is adversely affected, an unavoidable part of its ultimate improvement.  For example the widening of Boelelaan East in the short term and in the longer term the ongoing project Zuidasdok. To ensure that everything is done to solve these issues, the city government and local businesses formed a joint Accessibility Task Force in 2012. This tackles both short-term problems and proposes long-term structural solutions. Disruption caused by building work is a real issue. As a response to this, contractors have agreed to always use low-noise construction methods on all new projects. An example of this is the use of screw and press-in piles rather than traditional techniques like hammer and vibratory pile-driving.

Living in Zuidas

Zuidas provides an excellent residential environment, with ample hotel and leisure facilities. Nearly 2000 housing units have already been built. By 2030, there should be a total of 7,000 homes, as diverse as Amsterdam itself.  Studio apartments, student housing, mid-priced and social housing and penthouses with panoramic views. The ambition is to make Zuidas a popular residential area and we pay special attention to the human dimension both in architecture and the ‘green’ design of public spaces. Zuidas is being transformed into a well-rounded and unique Amsterdam neighbourhood including schools (International and Dutch), cafes and restaurants, sports centres and a growing number of retail outlets. Other amenities included various venues for events and exhibitions.

Why come and live in Zuidas?

Living in Zuidas means living in brand new buildings in one of Amsterdam’s most charming areas. You can enjoy all the benefits of stately Amsterdam Zuid while living in a comfortable state-of-the-art home. Zuidas is much more than just expensive penthouses. There is a wide variety of homes on offer, with something for everyone in terms of price, size, location and facilities.  All of them offer the benefits that come with modern building techniques:

  • Light and airy
  • High ceilings
  • Good insulation
  • Low maintenance
  • Energy efficient
  • Lifts
  • Ample storage
  • Indoor parking
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Zuidas is known as a business district, but obviously has a lot more to offer.  A game of football or tennis, walking in the Beatrixpark or a run in the Amsterdamse Bos, a sunny glass of rosé on one of the terraces: In Zuidas one can linger. Dining or sunbathing at Strand Zuid or enjoying a sandwich at a bakery in the centre. More and more schools, kindergartens, shops, hotels cafes and restaurants are opening, as Zuidas develops into an Amsterdam neighbourhood where everyone can live, work and play.

Working in Zuidas

Zuidas is best known as a high-ranking international knowledge and business centre. More than 700 companies, many of them leading names, are already established here. They include Google, AkzoNobel and ABN AMRO. While district’s primary focus is on the financial, legal and business services sectors, these household-names are attracting an increasing number of companies from other sectors to Zuidas.

Zuidas has become a successful international business district and location for Urban Knowledge. It is transforming into a multifunctional centre for living, working and recreation. In Zuidas, roughly 31,000 people find employment in approximately 700 large and small businesses. The high concentration of companies and institutions and the development of more homes and offices energises the area, which in turn adds to the vivacity of Amsterdam as a whole. Zuidas offers opportunities and attracts aspirations, shaping the (international) careers of those who work there.


Within Zuidas, businesses and organisations can easily connect with each other. This results in a growing number of business networks operating within a particular industry or specific theme.

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Facts and Figures

Approx. 700 companies; about 39,000 working people
Vacancy rate of approx. 4.4% (August 2016)
Company sectors – 25% banks and financial institutions, 19% legal services, 15% other business services.Companies’ Country of origin – 45% from the
Netherlands, 18% from the US, 9% from the UK.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – 25,000 students nearly 3,000 academic staff.  48 Bachelor’s programs and 89 Master’s programs.
Every six months we carry out an ‘Office Monitor’, tracking the development of companies within Zuidas.  This can be downloaded below.

Office Monitor

Establishing a Business Community.

Over three quarters of the office space envisaged for Zuidas has already been built, and yet in the coming years there is still plenty of room for growth in the business district.  Not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. Thus, the (reinforced) selection criteria for developing offices are increasingly focused on sustainability, knowledge intensity and diversity.

The following Offices and Amenities have been completed

Mahler 1000, Atrium/RAI, De Culinaire Vakschool, Motel One, Stibbe Beethoven 400, Beethoven 500, The Pavilion, Telesto, O2 Lab building, the temporary law court, The multi-storey car park at RAI, the underground bicycle parking facility beneath Mahlerplein.

Office buildings and amenities under construction

  • Atrium (expansion with ca. 30,000 m2 office and amenities/parking)
  • New University building for Vrije Universiteit /VU Medical Centre (ca. 30,000 m2)
  • VU Imaging Centre (ca. 18,000 m2)
  • Het Paviljoen/ The Pavilion ABN AMRO (ca. 3.000 m2)
  • Olympic Plaza (expansion with ca. 3,500 m2)
  • NoMa House (14,000 m2)
  • Goede Doelen Loterijen (redevelopment & expansion: 5,000 m2 offices and amenities)
  • Rietveld Academie (expansion with ca. 35,000 m2)
  • Nhow Amsterdam Rai Hotel (650 rooms ca 35,000 m2)

Zuidas as a Knowledge Economy

The presence of VU University Amsterdam and VU University Medical Centre facilitates optimal interaction between the business and academic communities. VU University Amsterdam has extended its activities to include the Duisenberg School of Finance and the Tinbergen Institute. This brings the Netherlands’ goal of becoming one of the top five knowledge economies much closer.

Business Amenities, Offices and Estate Agents

Available spaces

Commercial spaces are available for rent in Zuidas. The plinth map gives an excellent overview of available spaces. This map can be downloaded on the page “ontwikkelen in Zuidas” (in Dutch). The ‘plinth’ in this case is two storeys high – approximately 10 metres – and is designed to provide a pleasant visual experience for passers-by at street level. We ask property developers to include features of this kind in buildings that accommodate facilities such as shops, restaurants and cafés. For more information please contact Plinth Manager Saskia Rill

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Facts and Figures

  • 2016:  Approximately 2,300 residents
  • ‘Ultimately’ approximately 7,000 homes
  • Standard ceiling height: 3.3 meters
  • Average household size: 2.1 individuals (compared to 1.7 in Zuid and 2.0 in
  • Amsterdam)
  • 27% single occupancy (compared to 33% in Zuid and 46% in Amsterdam)
  • 50% double occupancy, 25% including children.
  • A rich variety of homes.  Expensive; Mid-priced homes (up to €970 monthly rental or up to €249,000 for sale) and Social housing units.

Diversity of neighbourhoods.

While the various areas within Zuidas have many things in common, each of them also offer something unique.

Fred. Roeskestraat builds on the success of the nearby residential area of Amsterdam Zuid.  Kop Zuidas is clearly more focused on the Rivierienbuurt district of Amsterdam. Gershwin naturally reflects the more dynamic and international feel of central Zuidas.  Variety is the spice of life in the distinctive neighbourhoods of Zuidas: There really is something for everyone.

Developing in Zuidas

Are you interested in opportunities as a Developer? Contact: Robert Dijckmeester, Deputy Managing Director Zuidas. Email:


Approximately 2,000 homes, distributed over 13 residential complexes: 900 Mahler, Summertime, Eurocenter, Luminuz, New Amsterdam, Symphony, Django, Miles, OPZUID, Square, Rivers, Amsterwijck and Raval Residence (including 800 student housing units)

Under construction

  • Approx. 800 homes, distributed over 7 residential complexes:
  • Intermezzo (residential tower with approx. 175 homes for sale or rent)
  • Eigen Haard (approx. 60 social housing units)
  • RIV (68 homes for sale or rent)
  • Gershwin Townhouses (6 townhouses with gardens)
  • Gershwin Brothers (159 homes for rent)
  • Xavier (159 homes for sale or rental)