A project that already now plans for the future

Unlike the situation in many other cities, the idea of implementing a cableway project seems to have been very well received by the residents right from the start of the planning phase. Looking at the city of Amsterdam and its culture more closely, however, it is hardly surprising that its residents want to have an environment-friendly public means of transport. Even without a cableway, the capital of the Netherlands can already call itself with a clear conscience a cycling stronghold. The city’s intricate and much-used system of canals, too, holds a clear message: Here, people leave their cars in the garage. The urban landscape correspondingly includes a multitude of cycling paths and it is bicycles, rather than cars, that one is advised to watch out for when crossing a street. With the planned cable car, the Dutch would be able to cross the IJ river easily and comfortably, even bringing their bikes along.

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As the cableway’s route crosses the IJ river, the installation should also be named after it: the name of the 1.5-kilometer- long ultra-modern cableway installation should be “IJbaan”. More detailed information about the installation is not available yet but based on renderings, it will be implemented as a 3S cableway. The estimated travel time is around 4.6 minutes, corresponding to a travel speed of six meters per second. The estimated size of each cabin is 32-37 persons, with suffi cient room for up to six bicycles. As the cableway is expected to be in great demand, the initial number of passengers is estimated at 4,000 per day, to grow further to as many as 10,000 passengers per day by 2040.


The author of the design, UNStudio, would like to capture the advantages of a cable car also visually. The design of the installation should show it as fast, green and a symbol of public transport integration. Moreover, it needs to blend in with the existing architecture and, at the same time, refl ect future design trends. The installation itself has been designed as dynamic to allow for future extensions. During the planning, ship traffi c, too, has been taken into account. To avoid restriction of shipping, the support towers are planned to be of diff erent heights, ranging from 46 meters to the tallest, middle tower which will be 136 meters high.

The planners have given much consideration also to the implementation of the stations: they should not serve only as points of departure and arrival but also as special meeting places for both districts, North Amsterdam and West Amsterdam. The UNStudio is proud of the resulting plan which not only complies with all the requirements imposed on this project but, at the same time, integrates well into the city’s UNESCO world heritage image.


The cableway’s sustainability fi ts perfectly with the wishes of the Dutch people. It builds a bridge between effi ciency and fun and that’s precisely what people in Amsterdam want. The planned stations are the NDSM Marine Terminal in the district of North Amsterdam and the Minerhaven Terminal in the district of West Amsterdam. tm

The planned stations are the NDSM Marine Terminal in the district of Amsterdam-North, and the Minerhaven Terminal, in the Amsterdam-West district.