NL architects: multi mill, houthavens west
NL architects: multi mill, houthavens west NL architects: multi mill, houthavens west
aug 10, 2010

NL architects: multi mill, houthavens west

multi mill, houthavens west by NL architects all images courtesy NL architects

the port of amsterdam commissioned roos burger and yvon yzermans, two collaborating art historians to develop a cultural facility in houthavens west. the port wanted to improve the attractiveness of the area to the public by realizing a cultural meeting place  by transforming the area between city and port. dutch NL architects recently won the competition for their proposal ‘multi mill’ – a flexible ‘base’ that can facilitate various art forms including theater, film, fashion, sculpture, sound and light art, dance etc

the project will be positioned on the haparandadam on the banks of the IJ river,

the versatility of the assignment was the challenge for the architects – how can one space host all different functions in a credible way?

the concept consists of three wings that are connected to a central platform. the wings have specific shapes that cater for specific usage. the ‘arms’ can support fashion shows, cinema and theatre the idea was to develop an adaptable object that can be used as both a stage and as a stand.

the design is intended as a revolving structure. the turning multi form plateau will allow performances with changing backgrounds.

by turning the plateau a specific function can be ‘switched on’. as such the square in front of it can be ‘charged’ in endless ways.

the location at the tip of the jetty will feature an elevated restaurant in a former offshore radio station; a drop off point for the private cars of skippers; a parking lot and a turning circle for trucks.

movement of ‘multi mill’

the theater

existing area

aerial view of the port and location of the project

the three functions

how the three functions are united

project info:

multi mil: multifunctional cultural podium, haparandadam, westelijke houthavens, amsterdam 2010 client: port of amsterdam and roos burger and yvon yzermans

NL architects: pieter bannenberg, walter van dijk, kamiel klaasse, gen yamamoto with ines quinteiro antolin, marc bitz, qili yang, liping lin, lorena valero minano, matthieu moreau.

  • Good one! Just hope that they find there’s sufficient seating for the events planned. Congratulations NL Architects d;-)

    Jetwax says:
  • Fascinating design, but there is something that I am skeptical about with the functionality of the fashion show use case where the seating is on the parking lot.

    Maybe it will work in this location however if they use different materials for the surface.

    DaveInNewEngland says:
  • Wheelchairs? Disabilities? How does this design take access into account?

    sibbald says:
  • simple elegant idea, but is the view of the screen from the stadium seating less important than the view of the water?
    if i got a stiff neck from having to twist i wouldn’t think this was so elegant.

    functional perspective says:

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