The International Passenger Terminal is located on the Southern Bank of the River IJ.
The southern IJ-bank development is a linear urban development that takes a key position between the historical town centre of Amsterdam and the modern IJ-burg. This development was divided into five compartments each with there own accommodation facilities.

The urban concept for the build elements exists of a continuous wall at the IJ side with in front, independent objects (on a plinth). This concept is the basis of a number of rules which have the objective of the elaboration of the master plan and the organisation of the integration of the projects.

Compartment A is the first that has been developed, supported by the commitment of the Amsterdam port authorities to relocate from the existing terminal into a newly purposely designed terminal in order to be ready for the growing demand on tourism.


The IJ-bank area obtained its historical meaning to the harbour- and transport- functions which were developed over centuries.
The oldest part of the “Oostelijke handelskade”, originates between 1828 and 1833. The handelskade was constructed as an indemnification towards the opponents of the IJ-location of the Central Station: by the construction of the railway via the “oosterdoksdijk: were it became impossible for large ships to pass the in the dyke positioned locks. The opening of the North Sea canal and the rise of the steamships strengthen the need for harbour facilities at deep water. The “Handelskade” is the first harbour facility at deep water in Amsterdam.
From 1883 the construction of the most important harbour buildings were realized, at the head the municipal building for general services and further eastwards the private commercial / business enterprise buildings such as offices and harbour shed.

The quay was originally separated by an elongated inland harbour which over time was reclaimed for the railway and the Piet Heinkade. A small South harbour is the only remainder of this at present.
With the Urban renewal of the quay the area has been given new live. Part of the buildings has been fully replaced by new buildings with new functions and valuable warehouses when possible are maintained and fitted in the urban development and have been given new functions.

As a transportation crossroads between land and water, the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam establishes a 21st century model for European transportation interchanges.
The Amsterdam Passengers Terminal defines a memorable landmark on the skyline of the IJ-bank.

The terminal is a public building which celebrates arrival and connects right into the culture and maritime history of the city, and so the shape of the building is a great undulating roof which creates a 24m-high space, spread over three levels, accommodates some 3,000 guests. This space is the equivalent of a grand concourse of a great railway station.

A 20 storey office building, creating a dynamic interplay between the wave-shaped roof and the pro-shaped office.

The Terminal building has a 600-metre-long quay, large reception halls, a touring car terminal, offices, a convention centre and a subterranean parking with 500 parking places.

The building's transparency is placed on top of a robust 11.3 meter high plinth. The plinth makes reference towards the historical part of the brick build environment of the harbour. The top of the plinth is designed as a public terrace, connecting the hotel and music centre, making the plinth the binding element between the varies building on compartment A

The transparency maintains constant visual contact with the ship. Two great arcs of glass – 18.2 meter high on the waterside and 24.4 meter high on the landside - provide dramatic views of ships for embarking passengers and frame views of the historic inner harbour and city skyline for disembarking passengers.
The internal circulation is characterized by the use of a dark blue ceramic tile, marking the positions of lifts and staircases to help passengers to navigate through the terminal.

The main staircase placed on the perimeter of the plinth which allows the stair to change the flight positions from inside of the building to the outside of the building.
This creates the opportunity the have a straight view along the perimeter of the plinth. The glass box becomes a playful element that relates to other boxed elements stretching over the edge of the plinth as a master plan design concept.

Port of Amsterdam

Cruise Terminal

Terminal ................................33.000 M²
Coach station .........................4.500 M²
Carparking..........................550 spaces


Architect HOK Architects
Co-architect: Pieters Projectbureau
Planning adviser: Hans van Heeswijk
Management: BOAG
Construction: Pieters Bouwtechniek
Mechanical: ingenieursburo linssen bv



Amsterdam - The Netherlands




View Javakade
View Overhoeks
View of ' de kop '
Landside view
South West view at Piet Heinkade
Accommodation stair
Entrance hall
Entrance hall - Accommodation stair
Viewing platform - Level 2
Entrance at dusk
Birdseye view of IJ-oever
Landside view
Entrance level
Boarding level
Waterside view
Main section
Detail accommodation stair
Detail section accommodation stair
Details entrance
Details quay



Design Context

Design Concept

Project Description

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