IJburg consists of six artificial islands. The two main islands are Steigereiland and Haveneiland. Although the combination of water, air and urban vibe makes all architecture at IJburg worth seeing, there are some spots you shouldn't miss! You can click on the IJburg map, to find out where these places are. The numbers here refer to the numbers on the map.
Zeeburgereiland is the first island you see ... or actually hardly see... because it is still under construction. This island used to house the Amsterdam sewage installation, but is now used for building new houses. Opening end of November 2010, you will find cultural village Waaidorp on this island, with kids restaurant Praq.
Enneüs Heermabrug after a politician, but popularly called the 'bh-brug', this means bra-bridge, which refers to it form.
Steigereiland is called after its many piers (1). You find Steigereiland South at the south west side of the tram line, where many dwellers got the chance to design their houses themselves.
Design020 at the Pedro de Medinalaan 89 is worth a visit because of its products, but also because of the building, the views on the water and the view from the roof terrace (1). Interior design shop Designlabels Amsterdam at Pedro de Medinalaan 53 is next to Design020.
Vrijburcht, which means free castle, is a collective housing project, with a public bar and a theater (2).
Kadegebouw, which means waterside building, and which belongs to Waterbuurt West.
At the front side, the building looks like a wall, from the back side it looks like a cruise ship. In the evening and at night, the building is covered in blue light. In this building you find Italian restaurant Il Lago and its deli shop Dal Magazino.
floating homes. Along the Haringbuisdijk, the stilt houses are built above the water. These floating homes are rare by now, but will be built much more in the future.
floating homes are all unique. The large dwelling blocks at the Brigantijnkade are a modern interpretation of the barracks of the fire brigade. From the Brigantijnkade you can find the piers to the floating homes.
Blok 4, which was the first building finished on Haveneiland, with a restaurant with the same name Blok 4. The building looks like a wall on the front side, but spectacular at the back side - and so does the view. Many more buildings on the IJburglaan look like a wall on the front side and very special on the other side.
Durgerdam and the wideness of the IJmeer, the Lake IJ (5). The Lake IJ used to be the Zuiderzee (southern sea), buth this former sea is a lake now, since it is separated from the sea by a dike.
Blok 14 is spectacular building, which hovers above the water of a canal. Under the building is the terrace of Greek restaurant I-grec situated. Near this block is a Johan Cruijff Court, a sports court, where Daguerrestraat crosses Maria Austriastraat (7). Joris Ivensplein is IJburg's mall (6).
At the south east side of Haveneiland, you find two nice buildings (11). At the end of the Emmy Andriessestraat, next to a lock-gate, you find a building with many terraces, called Terrazze. Close to this building, at the end of the Nico Jessekade and Jan Vrijmanstraat, at the south east corner of Haveneiland, is Vrijmans Eind, called after the street, but it also means free men's end, probably referring to the wide view over the water.
Blok 51a is called the Grote Wijzer, which means the big hand (12). This is the block with the clock at the Emmy Andriessestraat, next to the Theo van Goghpark (a park). This block won the Nieuwbouwprijs: the price for the most beautiful new housing estate in Amsterdam in 2009. At the other side of the park is Blok 52, where the windows seem to reflect the water.
N.A.P., Pannenkoek en zo, Dok48 and The Lighthouse, all with a terrace. The light in the harbor is very special and different at each moment of the day. All buildings in the harbor have huge windows with a spectacular view on the harbor. Behind the big windows of The Lighthouse you can watch the sun go down in the Lake IJ. Three large traditional Dutch sailing ships have their home in the harbor, these ships belong to the Muider Compagnie.
Blauwe Huis is literally a blue house in the middle of Blok 35, also at the Willy Mullenskade. This use to be an art project, but is sold now.
Many of the bloks at the Pampuslaan (15) look a like the buildings in sea areas. Blok 47 for example, at the corner with Eva Besnyostraat, reminds me of the buidlings found in Scheveningen.
Witte Kaap, which means white cape (16). This snow-white building is a landmark at the north east side of Haveneiland. Newspaper Het Parool compared it with the Flat Iron Building in New York, but it is hard to compare - you should just see it.
Blijburg beach, with it's beach club.
Blijburg beach, with it's beach club.
You can find many pictures of IJburg on Flickr, which has a special IJburg group. Also, you should visit website IJburgcorners, a foto project about IJburg.
Each district at IJburg has it own street names, Wikipedia gives an overview. Street names at Haveneiland refer to photographers, film makers, journalists and actors. At Kleine Rieteiland, Grote Rieteiland and Rieteiland Oost, the streets are named after plants and flowers. At Steigereiland, the names refer to shipping history. At Steigereiland North, the streets are named after ships, at Steigereiland South they are named after captains, astronomers, mathematicians and cartographers.