Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Temporary Shipping Container City in Amsterdam, Netherlands by O + A strategies and architecture
August 30th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: O + A strategies and architecture
Over Het IJ Festival 2012 opened in a temporary shipping container city designed by O+A at the NDSM shipyard in North Amsterdam.
The festival for site-specific theatre performances have been organised at the NDSM shipyard for over two decades. Theatrical artists, both young and experienced, are challenged to employ and investigate the disused shipyard for unique and context-specific performances.
In the fall of 2011, artistic director Lode van Piggelen asked O+A to collaborate on the 20th anniversary edition of the festival. The brief was simple: use the festival’s literal building block – the shipping container – to create the beating heart of the event. Besides the central hospitality space, the containers offer context for the theatrical performances.
The three-dimensional checkerboard pattern offers a great spatial diversity, while simultaneously communicating the Festival’s ambition to the city. As such, the hospitality area is tall, airy and compelling, while the artists use the labyrinthine aspects of the more intimate area of the container city. With a height of four layers, the mountain of containers manages to justify its presence between the large warehouses of the former shipyard.