bureau SLA + overtreders w: noorderparkbar
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may 24, 2012
bureau SLA + overtreders w: noorderparkbar

‘noorderparkbar’ by bureau SLA + overtreders w, amsterdam, the netherlands
all images courtesy of bureau SLA
image © jeroen musch

amsterdam-based practices bureau SLA and overtreders w have collaborated to initiate, design and complete the ‘noorderparkbar’,
a coffee bar and local gathering space for residents in north amsterdam, the netherlands. entirely funded and constructed by members of the two firms,
this bottom-up project sourced all the components to build the structure from approximately 100 individual traders found on a dutch market
website similar to eBay. although solely comprised of second-hand materials, the pavilion projects the appearance of a new construct.
due to their method of gradually gathering the building elements, the design and building process occurred simultaneously.

shutter doors open during the day
image © jeroen musch

the overall volume is generated by three units originally implemented for a temporary hospital which have been stripped-down
and re-purposed. two frameworks are stacked, defining the outdoor dining terrace. wooden doors may be swung open during the day
and closed at night to prevent vandalizing. the cladding’s fragmented
pattern is generated by placing lumber pieces at random angles
with an airspace between, making the most of a few thousand meters of leftover wood from renovation projects. the surface has
been charred with an ancient japanese technique ‘shou sugi ban’ to protect the exterior from the elements.

enclosing the bar and pair of bathrooms, the roof and wall
planes of the remaining section is fabricated from white-framed
and windows of assorted styles. collected from all over holland, the
bought goods included white and green ceramic tiles, 2 toilets and
55 liters of paint. wood for the shutters came from a bankrupted formwork factory.

doors close off the structure at night
image © jeroen musch

(left) two stacked frameworks form the terrace and a single unit contains the bar and restrooms
images © jeroen musch

dining terrace
image © jeroen musch

bar area is enclosed with a ceiling and walls of assorted windows
images © jeroen musch

image © jeroen musch

at dusk
image © jeroen musch

at night
image © jeroen musch

site plan

floor plan / level 0



project info:

start building process: 15-08-2011
opening: 15-03-2012
gross area: 36 m2 (incl 18 m2 terrace)
design: bureau SLA en overtreders w
client: bureau SLA en overtreders w
address: noorderpark, entrance at wingerdweg 185,  amsterdam
program: coffeebar and 2 public toilets
project team: sara postkart, ronna gardner, jiri masek, ninja zurheide, monique philippo, volonteers and about
80 employees of marktplaats
structural engineering: pensera, amsterdam
builders: bureau sla, overtreders w & jorrit vijn
financing: ymere (housing corporation), e-bay, crowd funding (99 donations)

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