Architectural Plans for Urban Camping
The urban campsite Amsterdam project has existed since 2013. The economist Annette van Driel and the artist Francis Nijenhuis were inspired by the real estate crisis to temporarily use fallow land in Amsterdam. Every summer, the foundation plays a different location in the now-proven concept. Artists and architects develop and build objects that can be rented for overnight stays with parking areas for RVs with motorhome covers class A quality. Workshops and leisure activities take place around it, and some of the art objects themselves invite you to do so – so this year there is accommodation under a huge trampoline.
With the Centrumeiland, the initiators have chosen a special place this year. The Dutch housing program VINEX has provided for the construction of a total of 750,000 new apartments since 1995. Since 1999, artificial islands have therefore been created in the IJmeer off Amsterdam. Originally, the first district created in this way (IJburg I) was to be supplemented by another (IJburg II). The realization is on hold for the time being, but in 2014 the Centrumeiland was completed, which was intended as a connection between the districts. Since the use of the island is currently unclear, this year’s urban campsite could be set up on the beach there.
In preparation, DS landscape architects created a dike together with architecture students from AHK Amsterdam. By shaping the landscape, the initiators want to achieve an appropriation of the place and a definition as a “settlement”. With the temporary accommodations, young offices are given the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in a creative way. The design of studio plots, for example, was highly praised on the website Airbnb, where the overnight stay can be booked. From the outside, the object presents itself as a cube with walls made of wooden rods, inside it surprises with a dome. A “cathedral cut from wood”, praises a commentary.
Urban campsite Amsterdam on the Centrumeiland comprises a total of 14 properties. The “transformation from worthless to valuable” should be the thematic framework, which fits well with a speculative island of artificially heaped sand. Even if the three-month campaign may not “change the importance of the Centrumeiland sustainably”, the place is always an entertaining holiday destination – also for children. Until 30 August you can stay overnight there and take part in workshops.