Temporary shipping container city

For the twentieth anniversary of Over het IJ Festival, the age-old literal building block of the Festival – the shipping container – was used to create a temporary city.

BETA office for architecture and the city Amsterdam NDSM temporary shipping container city interior

Lasting only two weeks, the structures provoked artists in exploring the disused shipyard in their performances. The 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 more intimate area of the container city.

Project Details


YEAR: 2012

CLIENT: Stichting IJ Producties

SITE: NDSM shipyard, Amsterdam

STATUS: temporary

COLLABORATORS: van Eden Bouwconstructies (engineer)

TEAM: Auguste van Oppen, Marc van Asseldonk, Aleš Hanak