Mercatorpark Amsterdam

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Close the unprofitable outdoor pool and build as many homes as possible. Thus began this assignment. But at first glance, neighbours appeared to think differently! Because the pool was well used and was one of the few greens spaces in the district.


After three years of thinking, drawing and calculating (and lobbying) the solution was found: an energy-efficient indoor and outdoor pool with a therapy pool, professional fitness facilities, a music hall, an adjoining event room for Turkish and Moroccan weddings and a Kentucky Fried Chicken. Now it is, thanks to the efforts of Erica Terpstra and architect Ton Venhoeven, one of the most popular destinations in Amsterdam West. For street kids and the disabled who want to enjoy sports.


Concept development & supervision
Municipality De Baarsjes, Sportfondsenbad Nederland and ROC ASA
Andries Geerse