UPCOMING…BOXPARK POP-UP AT NDSM

Yesterday, CITIES was at the launch of Boxpark - a pop-up mall in an old shipyard in Amsterdam North, which will be open during summer 2013.

Yesterday, CITIES was at the launch of Boxpark – a pop-up mall in an old shipyard in Amsterdam North, which will be open during summer 2013. This entrepeneurial initiative has flown over from London, where the first pop-up mall in the world opened in the run down area of Shoreditch in 2011. After the succes of the boxpark project in London the developers will now try to implement the same concept in the IJ hallen. The box park will be a temporary destination where 120 sea containers will be placed in the immense hall under a 30 meter high rooftop.The idea is to transform half of this former 10.000m2 shipyard building into a retail area. The other half will be used for various activities such as: performances of DJ’s, bands, fashion shows, theater and dance, a pop-up cinema, flea markets and food markets. Boxpark doesn’t want to be a regular shopping mall. They want to create a temporary place where fashion and lifestyle brands go together with galleries, bars and cafes. The plan is to be an all year round gathering place with indoor and outdoor activities.

During the presentation, the developer of the project CORIO emphasised the importance of keeping the industrial identity of the building, although “it should be a new kind of meeting place, a place to be”. CORIO also mentioned that “ the development of Boxpark consists of a cooperation between local networks and entrepreneurs”. We are curious to see how the boxpark project is going to develop and how it will affect the area, e.g. if cooperation between local entrepreneurs and local brands will take place. For more information about the pop-up mall activities or about renting a box in boxpark please contact: eke@boxpark.nl or koen@boxpark.nl or go here.


Text and photos by Peggy Vissers


Created on 29 November 2012

Related research themes

Research into urban waste management
Read more

Related research themes

Research into the reuse of industrial buildings and spaces
Read more

Related research themes

Research about age-inclusive cities in the face of demographic transitions.
Read more
© 2020 CITIES.
All rights reserved.
Make a donation to CITIES