Ocean-side Art Installation By Day and Rental Pods By Night

By Maria Kyriacou

What do you get when designers, architects and artists come together? A beach site with multiple uses, made of repurposed materials that is beautiful and functional.

Summer is coming to our part of the world, with it all its pleasures. Who doesn’t love the lazy, hazy feeling of an entire  day at the beach. Wouldn’t it be even better if you could stay all night too?

Fourteen architects, designers, and artists collaborated in Centrumeiland, Amsterdam, to come up with a way to make that moonlight experience a possibility.

Image: Urban Campsite
Image: Urban Campsite


The artists created an art installation, while the designers and architects offered their design and structural touch to transform the art into ocean-side dwellings.  The resulting rental pods are beautiful to see and a spot for campers to enjoy by night.

Image: Urban Campsite
Image: Urban Campsite


The mission was clear for all parties – every pod needed to be constructed  with materials that had alternate uses besides their original purpose. The fabulous result is a micro neighbourhood of yurts, demonstrating each designer’s individual style.

Image: urban campsite
Image: urban campsite


There’s a hands-on art installation known as Urban Campsite Amsterdam—has had visitors from around the world seeking it out, keen for an evening on the beach.



Beyond the initial concept of the beach huts, there is also a community herb garden, local supermarket, a functioning kitchen, DIY workshops, and the site’s central gathering area -around a firepit of course!

Don’t you think it would be great if this idea headed to your part of the world for the summer?


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