From the Series
Fourteen designers, architects and artists have created fourteen unusual-looking beach shelters in a temporary art installation called UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam. Even more unusual still, anyone can book a night to stay in one of these creations.
In this bizarre amalgamation of camping and art, and the usual distance between an artwork and the viewer is removed. The site has become much more than an art installation: it has become a gathering place for locals, tourists, artists and children, all of whom are encouraged to interact. UrbanCampsiteAmsterdam shows how art can transform the experience of a place.
The installations at UrbanCampsite vary in size and comfort, and guests are asked to bring their own towels and toiletries. None of the installations have electricity, but romantic light will be provided.
The communal area of UrbanCampsite has a herb garden, open kitchen and fire pit. Nine first-year students from the International Business School of Amsterdam have designed the area, which they called "Kwiezien". The purpose of their project is to encourage interaction between the campers and they have built the space entirely our of recycled materials. In the event of bad weather, a roof can be pulled over the space, and any rainwater is collected for the herb garden.
These unusual mobile homes are available for rent to the public via Airbnb until the end of August 2015.