Dutch Design: Tjep creates a unique public space in Amsterdam
Stage and meeting point
As part of the redevelopment of Waterlandplein in Amsterdam-North, Ymere assigned Tjep to develop a meeting place and a stage for local inhabitants. The result is an aesthetic and functional installation, with two functions. By day it is an aesthetic installation, with a flick of a switch, by night a central performance stage flanked by an amphitheatre of surrounding seating.
The work consists of a group of metal block volumes and metal surfaces on legs . If desired, automatic the additional blocks are elevated from the ground to form the central podium. “We thought that when a podium is not being used it creates an empty, desolate feeling. So the decision to have a changing podium function came early in the design process.” Says Frank Tjepkema, founder of Tjep.
A presentation can be an experience that changes something in you , says Tjepkema. With Waterlandplein Podium is that transformation, as he indicates, expressed in function and form. From function to ornament and back again,” Another layer is the act of bridging Amsterdam-North and the older city of Amsterdam. The newer, blocky, North is merged with the more ornamental forms of old Amsterdam. The whimsical shapes are a combination of baroque details as in the Concertgebouw and tribal forms that can be found in many moderncultures, together they create the dynamic flowing shapes for the seating.
All tops are finished with a durable polyurethane coating, which was hand-poured in different colours over each piece to create organic tidal patterns that accentuate the flow outwards from the central podium. “We had in mind a place that can be used by all residents, from shopkeepers to a local neighbourhood band. A place for the people to enjoy and experience everything a community embodies.”
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