modest architecture

there are small buildings standing on the top of the bridges in amsterdam. these are the humble but important miniature replicas that leads you to follow architectural styles of the city. 

since 1917, the names such as berlage, piet kramer and aldo van eyck that shaped urban and architectural history have been commissioned by amsterdam public works department to build these structures—one of the modest elements of urban identity.

this one built in 1956 for hortusbrug bridge follows de stijl movement for two obvious reasons: form and the color. concrete structure dominated by white and navy blue consists of an office with steel framed windows and an open balcony. 

the architect dirk sterenberg positioned the building not “on” but by the side of the bridge, so that the bridgemaster would have a good view of the bend—a naive expression from the architect to the user. 

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photos & text: dilan saray

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re-activating the city park

oosterpark play garland is a part of oosterpark’s renovation project which is one of the oldest parks of amsterdam. 

this 88 meters long play object is designed by the landscape architects carve for the children. situated in the north-west corner of the citypark, its located in front of the open air school which is also a municipal monument.

the form consists of rise ups and dives with twists and turns, and subtly tells you what to do with its saturated and live colors. 

the inviting appearance of the structure takes attention of every people from every age, triggers creativity and activates the city park again. 

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photos & text: dilan saray

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architectural coincidences at the park

a new exhibition called a foolish summer with the participations of seven modern-day artists takes place at park frankendael—one of the oldest parks of amsterdam. 

for the exhibition, every artist designed their own architectural construction called “follies”. in the 19th century, so-called “follies” were structures built for no purpose other than as an ornament. 

this “folly” designed by the dutch artist berend strik is a steel house structure. it needs some attention to get noticed: i can’t decide if it’s because of the density of the trees—so it’s disappearing—or because it’s in such a harmony with the surroundings and feels like it has always been there. 

there is nothing like a sign or a guide to find it—it’s just popping up while walking at the park. this encourages the eyes to realize and the brain to think about.

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spinoza inspired billboards in amsterdam & kocaeli

these boards with different versions were published in public spaces of amsterdam and kocaeli in 2011. 

the project called "wat spinoza?" aims to invite people into a philosophical debate with difficult and conflicting questions inspired by the philosopher spinoza. 15 questions were written in turkish for amsterdam and dutch for kocaeli with the hidden subtitles.

architectenbal

architectenbal is a competition organized for architecture and urban planning offices since 2010. 

in 2012, the concept was "food & architecture" under the theme of "green". around 10 offices made "eatable" models and during the competition event all of them were eaten by the guests.

"ij candy" represents eye film museum on the left and tijdelijk museum on the right ↓

make your dream house with the cake pieces ↓

"de chocoladefabriek" made out of chocolate bars ↓

"verti tuin" has vertical gardens made out of wafers ↓

"tricolore" pasta city ↓

candy buildings & skyscrapers ↓

city made out of waste ↓

canal houses as an alternative

in amsterdam, it’s very rare to see a new building under construction.

this is a way of keeping the population under control. they want to protect what they already have and just make do with it. some people live in habitable containers. another alternative as living spaces is these canal houses.

the canal houses seem very attractive but during the winter, especially when the canals are frozen, the heating problems make them very hard to live in.