dutch architecture studio BETA has completed boat hangar, a contemporary utilitarian building in amsterdam‘s NDSM historic shipyard area. occupying one of the few remaining plots on the heritage site, which in the recent years has become a popular arts and culture hub, the structure subtly references and sharply contrasts its rich context at the same time.

geometric shapes cut through the industrial facade of BETA's amsterdam boat hangar
all images by MWA hart nibbrig

 

 

BETA has designed the hangar to be used as storage, seasonal maintenance and the construction of new yachts, while at the same it offers space for offices, theater and other cultural events. influenced by the adjacent NDSM shipbuilding warehouse, the architects have developed an architectural language that does justice to the brief and context whilst fitting in a competitive budget. a crane gantry shapes the primary structure, upon and around which a secondary structure is placed, defining the span of the building.

 

 

industrial materials such as corrugated metal cladding, used to enclose the building, create a composition of lines and planes with a variation in scale, rhythm and color. two perforations, one singular and one rectangular, reveal the building’s interior and invite ample natural light inside. drawing upon the hangar archetype, three full-height sliding doors allow the total width of the structure to be opened towards quay and canal, offering additional flexibility in staging events and solving the logistical puzzle throughout the seasons.

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: sofia lekka angelopoulou | designboom

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news