Unusual ways to go camping seem to be all the rage this summer and UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam may have taken the idea to the most extreme. Not only can you stay inside these unusual structures, but they are also an open-air exhibition open to the public.
The installation is located in the Centrumeiland, or Centre Island, an artificial peninsula made of layers of sand. It’s an experimental process for the small country anticipating growth along its waterfront areas. Designer Francis Nijenhuis and economist Annette van Driel saw the area as a wasted opportunity and wanted to show the public a unique way of looking at, and utilizing, space. They commissioned various designers to create 14 mobile structures that will eventually be moved elsewhere.Some of the structures include the “Attic”, perched on top of stilts, the Norwegian-inspired “Goahti”, the “Ibc shrinkwrap” house made of rebar and construction wrap, and the funky “BEDBUG.” The wonderful “Upside down you turn me” survival capsule has an elevated bed with dome windows that also offers protection from the rain. The Trampotent is a desert-style shelter topped by a trampoline. The elevated Universe 7 can turn with the sun.
Next stop…Burning Man?
Photos by Anouska Rickard/UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam