O+A: temporary shipping container city, amsterdam
O+A: temporary shipping container city, amsterdam O+A: temporary shipping container city, amsterdam
jul 13, 2012
O+A: temporary shipping container city, amsterdam


‘temporary shipping container city’ by O+A, amsterdam, the netherlands
all images courtesy of O+A

dutch practice O+A have just completed a temporary conversion of the NDSM shipyard into a shipping container city in
northern amsterdam of the netherlands. the complex will host the 20th anniversary of the over het IJ festival, an event which runs
from july 5th through the 15th is dedicated to young and experienced theatre-makers whom are challenged to use the grounds
to generate site-specific theatrical performances. expressed as a 3-dimensional checkerboard pattern, the landscape of stacked units
form a context of stepped stages with diverse spatial typologies for personal interpretation.

two main clusters are positioned 90 degrees to each other, forming a plaza filled with tables and chairs for an audience to observe
the impromptu shows. reaching four storeys in height, the small-scale district matches the scale of the shipyard. visitors may also enjoy
an open-air restaurant and cafe sheltered beneath a framework of containers supported with diagonal bracing of ratchet straps.


protected dining area


outdoor dining area


impromptu performance on the stacked containers


the stacked containers are stabilized with diagonal bracing


entry to the temporary city


at night


study model


study model

project info:

client: stichting IJ producties
site: NDSM shipyard, amsterdam
collaborators: van eden bouwconstructies (structural engineer), luca stappers (stage designer)
team O+A: marc van asseldonk, auguste van oppen, ales hanak

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