City podium

For Ymere, Amsterdam

Tjep. creates a unique public space that transforms between an ornamental installation and a modern amphitheatre for residents of Amsterdam-North.

Commissioned by Ymere as a part of their redevelopment of Nieuw Waterlandplein in Amsterdam-North, this project was to develop a meeting space and stage for local inhabitants. “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.

“We thought that when a podium is not being used it creates an empty, desolate feeling.”

Opened to the public at the inauguration of the new area on October 9th, the Waterlandplein stage has two uses, as aesthetic installation during the day and with a flick of a switch, a central performance stage flanked by an amphitheatre of surrounding seating. Hidden platforms in the ground elevate to form the central podium.

“A stage performance is transformation. An experience that changes you. With the Waterlandplein stage this transformation is expressed in the function and form. From function to ornament, and back again.”

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