27 gen 2013

Sunday's Tale - The new concept of the city: the city-container Over het IJ festival in Amsterdam.

Sunday's Tale: a post from the past.
Last summer for the twentieth anniversary of Amsterdam’s Over het IJtheatre Festival, local architecture studio O+A created a gigantic recycled shipping container "stage city" made from locally sourced materials, in North Amsterdam’s huge NDSM shipyard. Lasting only two weeks, the structures provoked theatrical artists in exploring the disused shipyard for site-specific theatre performances.

The festival have been held at the NDSM shipyard, an amzing venue, for over two decades. Theatrical artists, both young and experienced, are challenged to employ, interact 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 ample context for the theatrical artists.
The containers were stacked horizontally and re-invented as pop-up stores, multi-level platforms and even a restaurant.

The project’s 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 container city, structure creates an indoor/outdoor space that is both rough and “gezelligheid” (cozy).

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photo credits O+A Studio

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