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The shipbuilding hangar is part of NDSM industrial heritage built between 1916 and 1927, which has determined the character of the northern IJ waterfront ever since.
After the shipyard's bankruptcy the vast terrain lay desolate for many years. But in August 1999 a group of artists, theatremakers, skaters and architects submitted a plan to Amsterdam Noord district council for the redevelopment of the former shipyard using colourful DIY architecture. The plan was approved and since 2002, the 20,000 square metre indoor space has been divided into a number of bare units for creative users.
Amsterdam like many cities is constantly changing, morphing to adapt to new realities. Where the old is no longer used it opens new opportunities. Leaving the industrial era and entering into a service related economy, leaves behind vacant buildings, that are first only known to a few urban explorers. In this story we investigated some of the coolest transformations in Amsterdam.