Kroonenberg Groep has reached an agreement with Swapfiets for the long-term lease of the property at Molukkenstraat 200 in Amsterdam. Swapfiets will rent the entire property, consisting of approximately 1,400 m2 of office space.

The building was built in 1955 as head office for the Koninklijke Utermöhlen bandage manufacturer and was later used as a commercial building, but it no longer met current requirements. A major renovation was therefore in order, while keeping as much of the original architecture as possible. The architect Heyligers did the drawings with a focus on light and sustainability, which includes a gas-less climate installation and replaces the window frames with similar triple glazed, insulated aluminium profiles. To further emphasise the light in the building, a glass elevator shaft with a slender steel staircase was installed that connects the three floors and highlights the spaciousness. The windows in the lower office floor have also been significantly enlarged.

The entrance has been restored to its former glory, with an added touch of contemporary comfort. Electric sliding glass doors and a spacious and transparent entrance hall welcome the new tenant.

Swapfiets is the world’s first ‘bicycle as a service’ company. Founded in 2014 in the Netherlands, it quickly grew into one of Europe’s leading providers of micromobility. As of September 2020, Swapfiets has more than 220,000 members in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, France and Italy. The concept of Swapfiets is quite simple; for a fixed monthly fee, Swapfiets members always have a working bike. Swapfiets is available in more than 25 towns and cities in the Netherlands.

The completion of the office building at Molukkenstraat 200 almost finishes the transformation of the entire area. In 2018, the part that had been used as a furniture shop for years was delivered to AH XL after a major renovation. A new car park on the roof was also realized. In 2020, the car park for Praxis was also refurbished and a passage was created to connect the Praxis and Albert Heijn XL premises. The last retail spaces will also be rebuilt this year, which will provide a further 1,100 m2 of retail space. Also located at this site along with AH XL and Praxis are Big Bazar and SmartFit.

Kroonenberg Groep was represented in this transaction by Van Gool Elburg in collaboration with Van Dijk & Ten Cate.