Amsterdam North 05.11.15

  • The Cafe at De Ceuvel, a planned workplace for creative and social enterprises that opened in July 2014

  • When it opens in spring 2016, the redeveloped A’DAM Toren will be home to a mix of offices, cafes, restaurants, a hotel, an observation point and a revolving restaurant

  • Product designer Lex Pott made Broedplaats on NDSM wharf his workplace in 2011, a couple of years after graduating from the heralded Design Academy in Eindhoven

  • Hans Vermeulen, Hedwig Heinsman and Martine de Wit of DUS Architects at the site for their new office and 3D Print Canal House on Asterweg

  • Lex Pott outside his Broedplaats studio

  • The view of Central Station from A’DAM Toren

  • Boat on the River Ij

  • Brand consultancy The Stone Twins on the site of a redeveloped tower

  • The Faralda Crane Hotel

  • Shipping-container studios in Broedplaats, the brainchild of a group of artists, craftspeople and skaters when the municipality called out for suggestions to fill the space in 2001

  • De Ceuvel was proposed as a site for sustainable, urban development: 17 houseboats have been brought in and placed around a looping bamboo walkway surrounded by a landscape of soil-cleaning plants

  • The site for DUS Architects’ office and 3D Print Canal House

  • Cafe at De Ceuvel

  • Marthijn Pool and Tjeerd Haccou of Space&Matter, one of the main initiators of the De Ceuvel project

  • Pick up a copy of Icon for the full story

Serious money is moving into the city’s old shipyards, now one of Europe’s most vibrant creative quarters. For ICON 150, Enya Moore went to find out whether the area's rapid transformations means the designers will eventually be moving out. These photos, by Raoul Kramer, accompany the article

Until the 1980s, the north of Amsterdam was a shipyard and home to the industry’s workers. Since the shipping industry went bust, the area has donned many guises, but the promise held by the abandoned spaces and empty warehouses in the North was soon recognised by the Dutch government. And, so the rundown sites, wanted by no one, were offered to the “creative” community who accepted them gladly and made them their own.

Today, Amsterdam North (or just Noord to locals) is a veritable patchwork quilt with waterways sewing each panel of the community together. Studios, workshops and music venues are dotted around the canals, hidden in warehouses, tucked away in crevices and pulsing in ramshackle sheds.

Raoul Kramer photographed the area for our latest issue. Pick up a copy of ICON 150 for the full article by Enya Moore – and read more about the issue here



Raoul Kramer



Enya Moore

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