On February 26th, 2020 – Gemeente Zaanstad concluded the agreement for the Houthavenkade with Porten Development B.V. and Bot Bouw B.V.
The Houthavenkade project in Zaandam is making way for a sustainable residential area with 710 homes. The project will accommodate 30% of social housing, 20% mid-rental units and 50% free rental apartments. It will be the connecting link between Ducra harbour, Het Eiland, and the Russische Buurt and forms a beautiful new entrance to the centre of Zaandam. The design of this new part of Zaandam has been created by the architect office Van Aken and is inspired by the port history and the interaction with the water. The core of the project is the “water square” in the centre, with adjacent horeca facilities as a meeting point. An extra bridge to the Russische Buurt will be added. Green public space between the houses reinforce the impression of sustainability. Residents parking under the buildings, some parking lots are for shared cars.
Houthavenkade is within walking distance to the Zaandstad station, city hall and the largely car-free city centre of Zaandstad. Residents park under the buildings or use one of the shared cars.