architecture / craft / food / urban environment



photo by Jeroen Musch

Besides Eye, the Tolhuistuin en the Temporary Museum (about which I wrote earlier) the north of Amsterdam has more to offer. Take for instance the Noorderparkbar. Situated in the main park of the district Amsterdam North, the Noorderparkbar is a small bar where you can eat, drink and use the toilet (as they say on their website). It is a project by the Noorderparkkamer, a foundation aiming to bring a community feel to the neighbourhood.

The Noorderparkbar is designed by bureau SLA architects and design agency Overtreders-W. The pavilion is made entirely from secondhand materials which were found using Dutch website Marktplaats where people can put anything they no longer need up for sale. The stories behind all the collected materials (were they come from, who owned them before, what they were used for) can be read on the website of the bar (unfortunately only in Dutch). It gives instant character to the place and makes visible that the creation of this pavilion is a collective effort.

This project adds new value to old materials by reusing them to build something new with it, but also by making the unique history of each material part of the new story they are creating.


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