To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Amsterdam’s Over het IJ theatre festival, local architecture studio O+A created a gigantic recycled shipping container stage made from locally sourced materials. Piled up within North Amsterdam’s huge NDSM shipyard, the containers have been retrofitted into a space for live artistic performances.
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 horizontally and re-invented as pop-up stores, multi-level platforms and even a restaurant.
The restaurant features long communal tables that match the length of the container and even a corrugated bar. The project’s three-dimensional checkerboard structure creates an indoor/outdoor space that is both rough and “gezelligheid” (cozy). O+A’s temporary space was part of the Over het IJ theater festival, which is held in the Dutch capital every July.
Via Diario Design
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