NL architects green the city with parking lot mini golf
NL architects green the city with parking lot mini golf NL architects green the city with parking lot mini golf
sep 26, 2013

NL architects green the city with parking lot mini golf

NL architects green the city with parking lot mini golf
all images courtesy of NL architects




seeking to activate the large parking lot of the amsterdam harbour club, dutch firm NL architects have designed a putting green, giving people the opportunity to play mini golf – to both ‘putt and park’. the project arose from the slow rate of building production in the netherlands, where numerous sites currently remain unused. this temporary slow-down of construction also has an up-side, similar to the empty spaces in berlin where playgrounds, terraces and ‘bottom up’ activities were undertaken, the vacant lots in amsterdam also have untapped potential. the car park putting green was the result of ‘design as activator’, organized by carolien ligtenberg of platform openbare ruimte (POR). the architects were provided with a 2.500 euro budget to investigate how a small intervention could help spark city life and contribute to the temporary use of these left over sites in the city. located next to the popular harbor club in cruquius, the playful design piece integrates into its surroundings, giving visitors to the club the opportunity to have a game of golf before visiting the club. made from an inexpensive material, sod ‘grass carpet’, the putting green features nine holes, activating the site with this green version of graffiti.



harbour club parking lot transformed with mini golf putting green



the project was part of ‘design as activator’ organized by carolien ligtenberg of platform openbare ruimte (POR)



family golf tournament at the parking lot



‘greening’ the city



and the winner is…



the project gives people the opportunity to both ‘putt and park’



the playful design piece integrates into its surroundings



POR – debate



close view of hole 1



overview of the parking lot putting green



site plan



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