Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community. VenhoevenCS

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REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

REM-Island: 1964 Pirate Radio Station Sea Platform Transformed into Amazing Amsterdam Restaurant

The pirate radio broadcasting REM-Island was built in 1964 outside territorial waters in order to avoid Dutch legislation. Constructed completely out of steel, the 262-foot-high structure rests on 6

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Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Former Greenhouse Transformed into a Vibrant Eatery in Amsterdam’s Quirky Old Shipyard

Artists, squatters and skaters started NDSM during the 1990s after the Dutch Dock and Shipbuilding Company went bankrupt in 1984. It's very easy to get to the area, as it only takes a short (free) ferry

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Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

Cute Organic Bakery in Amsterdam Boasts Recycled Shipping Pallets Interior

De Laatste Kruimel opened early last year and is a great little spot for enjoying delicious homemade organic food like classic lemon poppy seed scones. Its central feature is a pay desk, storage and table

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Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

Amsterdam’s Light Festival Sets the City Aglow With Magical LED Installations

With plenty of brilliant works from both Dutch and international artists, the forty-four day-long Light Festival offers a great excuse to visit the charming Dutch city. One of the event’s main features

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O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A’s Recycled Shipping Container Theater Pops Up in Amsterdam’s Shipyard

O+A's temporary stage was made using repurposed containers as building blocks. It lasted only two weeks but it provoked long-lasting impressions due to its overwhelming scale. The containers were stacked

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The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

The BEEBOX Mobile Office Pod Creates an Instant Co-Working Space Anywhere

Christophe Veen and Bart de Groot from Buro Beehive designed the BEEBOX to serve as a self-contained workplace. Buro Beehive works to transform underutilized buildings into affordable workspaces for

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The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

The Goedzak is a Special Rubbish Bag for Curbside Donations

One of the great joys of living in the urban jungle is the daily discovery of treasures left out on the sidewalk. Sadly, the elements have a way of destroying the best finds before hunters have a chance

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Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Waterfront IJDock Mixed-Use Complex Nearing Completion in Amsterdam

Plans for the IJDock on the southern bank of the IJ waterway began back in the 90's when Bjarne Mastenbroek of SeARCH and Dick van Gameren devised the concept for the masterplan for a mixed-use complex of

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UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

UK Plans to Retrofit Shipping Containers from Amsterdam Into Housing to Help Fight Homelessness

Shipping container photo from Shutterstock Shipping containers offer a surprisingly versatile foundation for small-scale, sturdy homes - they're readily available, relatively inexpensive, and easy to

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Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

Egeon Architecten’s Wood-Clad Home Near Amsterdam Shows Energy Efficiency Through Smart Design

The team of designers at Egeon Architecten organized this home with the living areas on the ground floor and the bedrooms on the second. The views of the garden and the lake beyond can be enjoyed on the

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Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Green-Roofed, Mirrored Watergraafsmeer Garden Studio Reflects Light & Greenery in Amsterdam

Maarten and Lori Lens-FitzGerald wanted to expand their living space without sacrificing their yard, so they tasked CC-Studio to come up with a plan. Replacing existing garden sheds in the back corners of

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Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Boxpark Shipping Container Mall to Pop Up in NDSM Shipyards in Amsterdam Next Year!

Property investor and developer Corio is working in conjunction with Boxpark and London interiors and retail designer Brinkworth to design and build a pop-up shipping container mall in Amsterdam's

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Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Blom & Blom Rescues and Restores Industrial Lamps from Abandoned East German Factories

Sparked by a passion for "authentic items with a story to tell," the Blom brothers launched a web store last month where they sell refurbished lamps. Most of the factories they mine for lighting

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Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

Droog Hotel: Droog’s Plug-N-Play Amsterdam Oasis Rejuvenates Your Body And Mind

Hotels are supposed to be an oasis for the wayfarer - a place of rest and relaxation for those on a long journey away from home. Gone are the days when just a warm bed and a plate of dinner made you feel

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Mecanoo Architecten Completes Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Mecanoo Architecten Completes Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Amsterdam University College sits at the entrance to Science Park close to Amsterdam’s historic seventeenth-century city centre. Francine Houben explains: “Amsterdam University College was designed as

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Amsterdam’s Proef Restaurant Features Recycled Furniture and Serves Only Local, Organic Food

Amsterdam’s Proef Restaurant Features Recycled Furniture and Serves Only Local, Organic Food

Dutch "eating designer" Marije Vogelzang came up with the original concept for Proef Restaurant; she first opened the restaurant in Rotterdam, relocated to Amsterdam in 2006, and sold it to her former

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Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum: Amsterdam’s Modern Maritime Museum is a Restoration Revival

Het Scheepvaartmuseum (which is only a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station) was modernized by Dok Architecten, who enhanced the clean geometry of the courtyard building's plan and in the

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MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

MVRDV Unveils Plans to Transform Almere, the Netherlands Into the Greenest City Ever Built

Floriade is a national horticulture expo held every decade in The Netherlands - and Almere wants to be the next host in 2022. To woo the judges they've hired MVRDV to create the master plan for their expo

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Designers Make Turing Machine Computer Out of LEGOS

Designers Make Turing Machine Computer Out of LEGOS

LEGO Turing Machine from ecalpemos on Vimeo. We've seen a lot of incredible things made out of LEGOs but this new computer made out of the colorful building blocks might just be the most intricate!

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Noorderparkbar is a Coffee Shack Made From Second Hand Materials in Amsterdam

Noorderparkbar is a Coffee Shack Made From Second Hand Materials in Amsterdam

Bureau SLA & Overtreders W came up with a great idea for a coffee shop in Florapark next to the Noorderparkkamer, but for it to be affordable they were going to have to be creative with how and where

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HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

HEINEKEN WOBO: A Beer Bottle That Doubles as a Brick

Mr. Heineken’s idea came after a visit to the Caribbean where he saw two problems: beaches littered with bottles and a lack of affordable building materials. The WOBO became his vision to solve both the

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Unique Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Design Crosses Both Above and Below the Water

Unique Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge Design Crosses Both Above and Below the Water

The Spanish architecture team who won the Amsterdam Iconic Pedestrian Bridge design competition consisted of Nicolas Montesano, Victor Vila, and Boris Hoppek. As opposed to a traditional perpendicular

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Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

Starbucks Transforms Historic Amsterdam Bank Vault Into Custom Hyper Local Coffee Shop

This Friday, March 9th, Starbucks will open its first European concept store located in a renovated historic bank in Amsterdam. The new new shop is located in the vault of the historic Amsterdamsche Bank,

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Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

Siloo O: NL Architects Gets a Second Chance To Turn an Abandoned Silo Into a Climbing Gym

The City of Amsterdam launched the original competition to turn abandoned sewage treatment silos on Zeeburgereiland into an exciting public space in 2009. They selected the design for the Annie M.G.

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Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

Stefanie Nieuwenhuys Makes Snakeskin-Like Couture from Recycled Wood Chips

You may not want to throw out the scraps from your latest home improvement project too quickly - you may find inspiration in the "trash".  Stefanie Nieuwenhuys, inspired by seeing leftover woodchips on a

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Mecanoo Architecten Tops Out Its Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

Mecanoo Architecten Tops Out Its Green-Roofed Amsterdam University College

The Amsterdam University College began in 2009 as a selective and residential honors college dedicated to international liberal arts and sciences programs that cross the boundaries between languages,

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Dramatic Mint Hotel Amsterdam Captures the Spirit of the City in an Energy Efficient Way

Dramatic Mint Hotel Amsterdam Captures the Spirit of the City in an Energy Efficient Way

The hotel is part of a regeneration project for Amsterdam's Eastern Dock Island and its dramatic angles and radial incisions were designed to fit in with Erik van Egeraat Associates’ masterplan for the

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Minimalist Home 06 is a Clean Green-Walled Haven in Amsterdam

Minimalist Home 06 is a Clean Green-Walled Haven in Amsterdam

The kitchen and wardrobe space are situated close to the entrance while the bedroom and bathroom are tucked towards the back of the house, giving the owners more privacy. Apart from smatterings of wood

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The Little Dutch “Herenhuis” Features Fabric Shingles That Flap in the Wind

The Little Dutch “Herenhuis” Features Fabric Shingles That Flap in the Wind

What would otherwise be wasted material, the PTFE (Teflon) coated fiberglass fabric is both durable and non-combustible. The team worked together with approximately 1200 square meters of this flexible

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