Last Thursday September 6th, the Amsterdam alderwoman of Arts & Culture Touria Meliani drove the first pile of a new depot for the Amsterdam City Archives. After a welcoming speech by director Bert de Vries of the Archives, Meliani ceremonially took place in the pile driving machine.
The new depot will be constructed on the Cornelis Douwes industrial park in the North of Amsterdam and will function as a remote addition to the archives in the The Bazel building in the city center. With a gross floor area of 3.000 m2, it will contain over 45 kilometers of shelf room. It will be a net zero energy building that will yearly produce minimally the same amount of energy as is needed for its exploitation. For a sustainable generation of energy, it will be fitted with among other things pv-panels on both the roof and facades. Also, the depot was designed with careful attention to circularity as well as the minimization and reusability of materials. The depot will be completed by mid 2019.