Former shipyard on the Northern bank of Amsterdam, the NDSM dock is an important representation of the European underground culture. Once the epicenter during the industrial revolution, today only few remnants have survived, as if they were masterpieces painting the concrete landscape.
Let’s go back a few years: in 1999, a group of artists, theatre performers and architects (Kinetisch Noord), approached the local council with a refurbishment plan of the former shipyard which went bankrupt in the 1980s.
Land of freedom, NDSM developed itself from 2002 thanks to the boldness of an architectural firm but also the talent of numerous artists who flew in to build their own studios. The docks quickly became a place for freedom of expression for independent artists, artisans, associations and independent organizations. They also welcome exhibits, try-outs, shows, festivals of all sorts etc… A place in perpetual change.
Curious elements can be found in the NDSM, such as a Soviet submarine, a brand new in-doors skate park in the “attic” of the main warehouse and also two bars.
The council of Amsterdam are currently working on transforming the empty plains of the NDSM docks into accommodations for students and trendy city dwellers. It is a shame that this deserted landscape cannot remain as such. But in Amsterdam land is too precious.
A place to visit before it is too late.
G.L.A Hotels, the luxury hotels specialist