A brief history
Until its bankruptcy in 1983, The Netherlands Dock and Shipbuilding Company (NDSM) was the largest shipyard in Northern Europe. The 250 acre site, littered with warehouses, slipways and cranes, has a heart comprising of an impressive ensemble of buildings dating back to the 1920s. An early manifestation of functional urban design, this ensemble was deemed a national heritage site in 2007.
Since 1983, the NDSM has since undergone a steady transformation, initially fuelled by a cultural incubator which today offers a home to nearly 150 artists and enterprises. Investors and commercial activity followed in their wake, resulting in a classic case of gentrification.