Developed by RAI Amsterdam in cooperation with the City of Amsterdam (Dienst Zuidas), the (Spatial) Future Vision RAI ensures the future of the RAI at the Europaplein for the long term. The Future Vision gives the RAI the space to realise high-quality innovation and expansion at its current location over the coming decades in order to facilitate more multi-day international events of the highest standard in Amsterdam.


Multifunctional parking building

September 2015 will see construction start on an nine-storey multifunctional parking building near the point where the A10 ring road intersects the Zuidas district in Amsterdam. The structure will be 30 metres high and contain approximately 1,000 parking spaces. The building will be much more than just a car park, however: with 7.20-metre ceilings and a sophisticated finish, the first floor will serve as a 2,500 m² exhibition and convention space. In addition, the roof will provide multiple opportunities to install an extra pavilion during major events.

Based on the results of a Design & Build selection procedure, the RAI chose to have the new car park built by Aan de Stegge Twello property developers. The multipurpose design was created by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects, and will be realised by Aan de Stegge Twello under the guidance of the project office Res & Smit. The structure will be built in accordance with all current sustainability standards and is expected to be completed in August 2016.

nhow hotel Amsterdam RAI

The RAI is set to add an iconic element to the skyline of the Zuidas business district in Q1, 2020 with the nhow Amsterdam RAI. The hotel will occupy a triangle bounded by the Europaboulevard, the A10 ring road and RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre. The RAI chose NH Hotel Group and its innovative nhow concept after a rigorous tendering process. The hotel is designed by OMA, the firm founded by Rem Koolhaas, and will be developed by COD. The new structure is expected to be operational in Q1, 2020.

The future vision of the RAI

These new facilities are part of an ongoing programme of investment by the RAI in sustainable innovation, reinforcing the company’s position as a leading international exhibition and convention centre. The multifunctional parking building and the hotel are both projects founded upon the Spatial Future Vision agreement drawn up jointly by RAI Amsterdam and the municipality of Amsterdam (Zuidas Amsterdam Development Office).