Jbaan Cable Car: Amsterdam’s Fast, Green and Future-proof Public Transport Connection


Architects: UNStudio
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

UNStudio has completed designs for the IJbaan: Amsterdam’s future cable car, commissioned by the IJbaan Foundation (Stichting IJbaan). The IJbaan is a grassroots “Amsterdammer” citizens’ initiative, snowballing from a crowdfunding campaign led by Bas Dekker and Willem Wessels started in 2015 and now supported by the Municipality of Amsterdam. Its goal is to create a new connection across the IJ by the 750th anniversary of Amsterdam in 2025.

The one and a half kilometer cable car line is a clean and quick public transport connection between two growing residential areas: Amsterdam-West and Amsterdam-Noord / NDSM. The design consists of three slender pylons and two stations: NDSM Marina on the North Bank and Minervahaven to the South. The cable car is designed flexibly, so that in the future the route can be expanded to include a third station, creating a connection to the Hemknoop, Sloterdijk Station or even Westergasfabriek and the Westerpark, depending on growth and need.

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UNStudio: Ben van Berkel with Arjan Dingsté, Jaap Willem Kleijwegt and Milou van Min, Juergen Heinzel, Dana Behrman, Bruno Peris, Pedro Silva Costa
Advisers: Arcadis
Visualizations: Plompmozes

Client: Stichting IJbaan
Program: Cable car

Maximum capacity: 5,500 people per hour
Capacity is lower at the start. By adding more cabins, you can expand to maximum capacity.