Date : 17/08/2018

In all the years I’ve worked in Zuidas, I confess I
had never visited the Amsterdam Courthouse. That finally changed when I got the chance to interview Christa Wiertz-Wezenbeek, president of the District Court of Amsterdam, for the cover story of this
issue. We were eager to ask her about progress on the new building on Parnassusweg and her role
as president. Though the court can seem like a rather closed institution, our conversation was exceptionally open. And that dovetails with their plans for the future, which envision a courthouse that is more open to the city. What that entails? Read our interview!

For this issue I also had an inspiring conversation with Theo Jansen, a world-renowned artist best known for his Beach creatures. One of them is currently on display on Gershwinplein as part of the Art Zuid Sculpture Route. We’ve also got a special Health & Lifestyle feature for you, packed with lots of useful information and top tips sure to interest readers in Zuidas.

And if I can give you a tip of my own, it’s to take a look at the calendar of events in the centre of this magazine. You’re sure to find some fun activities to enjoy with colleagues, friends or that special someone. I, for one, definitely plan to attend several concerts in the Grachtenfestival line-up. And the Bierborrel at Strand Zuid also looks set to be a blast.

Here’s to a fabulous, sun-filled summer!

Happy reading!

Romy Lange

Editor-in-chief Hello Zuidas