Slotervaart

Slotervaart

Simultaneous with the construction of Geuzenveld, another garden city was built on the other side of the Sloterplas: Slotervaart. The district gets its name from the old waterway that once connected the ‘Overtooms Huis’ with the village of Sloten.

The architecture in Slotervaart is a mix between, low-, medium-, and high-rise buildings. Of the post-war buildings, the saw tooth houses are perhaps the most well-known. Houses with the zig-zag facades received the nickname ‘Bluebanddorp’ (Blueband Village) because of the recognizable blue frame around the roof. The large Sloterhof complex built in 1959 has reached ‘Rijksmonument’ (national monument) status.

The fixer-upper apartment building Klarenstraat is a national example how a post-war portico apartment building can be transformed into a differentiated residential building by the buyers themselves.   The area is also full of art, most notably the larger than life brown bear ‘De Staalman’ (the steelworker).

The central axis in the district is the Johan Huizingalaan which, as a ‘dining street’, features many culinary stores and restaurants of various national cuisines. It is also home to a number of office complexes, some on the ground floors of apartment buildings, and other more prominent office buildings situated around the A10 and on the Rieker Business Park. The IBM factory, which used to produce type-writers, is now host to various start-ups.

 

Prentbriefkaart van het Viaduct Johan Huizingalaan / Cornelis Lelylaan in Slotervaart. Op de achtergrond flats van het Sloterhof; circa 1962. Blauwe Moskee. Foto: Erik Swierstra.