Amsterdam-West is one of the seven Amsterdam city boroughs.
The Amsterdam-West district was officially formed in 2010 by a merger of the smaller districts of Oud-West, Westerpark, De Baarsjes and Bos en Lommer. In 2015 a part of the district of Westpoort was added.
The residential areas in these districts were first constructed between the end of the nineteenth century and 1940's. Many of the larger buildings in these areas are famously representative of the dominant schools and architectural paradigms in the historical periods they were built in.
The Oud-West district consists roughly of the Kinkerbuurt and the Overtoombuurt.
The original Oud-West residential area was built in the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.
Oud-West borders on the Vondelpark, and has it main center in the the Kinkerstraat, Overtoom and surrounding areas and streets. Another large and popular park in Oud West is the Rembrandtpark.
Oud West is an increasingly popular place for new restaurants, cafe's and shops, and as a consequence has several interesting shopping streets, outdoor markets and restaurant hubs, such as the Kinkerstraat, the Jan Pieter Heije straat, the Ten Kate Markt and the Foodhallen.
The Westerpark district's name derives from the large park that is at the center of it. City park "Westerpark" was first constructed back in the 1890's, and up until 1967 was home to the Westergasfabriek, which was the main city gasworks.
In the 1990's the idea was born to reconstruct the old industrial terrain as a proper city park, and turn it into a center for local creative industry. Many of the historical industrial buildings on the terrain have since been renovated and are now in use by small cultural and creative entrepreneurs.
The Westerpark is also home to a collection of interesting clubs, restaurants, lunch rooms, bars and a cinema. Several large buildings and open spaces of the Westerpark are often the stage for larger festivals, cultural events and markets.
The Westerpark as borough existed from 1990 and consisted of the following main neighbourhoods: Centrale Markt, Frederik Hendrikbuurt, Houthavens, Spaarndammer- & Zeeheldenbuurt, Staatsliedenbuurt.
De Baarsjes district consists of the following neighbourhoods: Admiralenbuurt, Chassébuurt, Mercatorbuurt, Postjesbuurt,Trompbuurt, De Krommert.
The main residential areas in de Baarsjes were built in the early twentieth century. In the 1920s and 1930s large city expansion projects were initiated on recently annexed territories on the West borders of Amsterdam. The new neighbourhoods and buildings were designed by the famous architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage, and are still showpieces of the early modern architectural developments in the Netherlands.
De Baarsjes borders on two large city parks: the Rembrandtpark, and Erasmus Park which are both very popular locations for outdoor recreation. De Baarsjes has in recent years become a place of choice for new restaurants, cafe's and concept shops, especially in the areas around the Mercatorplein and Jan Evertsenstraat - Admiraal de Ruijterweg.
Bos en Lommer
Bos en Lommer consists of the neighbourhoods Erasmuspark, Landlust, De Kolenkit en Sloterdijk. The area was named after an old farm that was located in the area of the current Bos en Lommerplein until 1940.
The residential buildings in Bos en Lommer were built mainly between the 1920's and 1950's. Much of the post-thirties architecture and city planning here is representative of a style of building that would in the following decades be applied in de Westelijke Tuinsteden (Nieuw West). Open building blocks, more open space and more green surrounding residential buildings was to provide a more humane living space.
Bos en Lommer has in recent years become an increasingly popular area for new restaurants and shops. The Bos en Lommerplein has a lively outdoor market from tuesday till saturday. Other shopping areas can be found on parts of the Bos en Lommerweg and the Jan van Galenstraat.
For outdoor activities in Bos en Lommer there is the Erasmuspark. Also the Westerpark lies at it's northern edge.
The Westpoort district is an area designated mainly for industry and office space.