Claudia Schmidt
MIR architecten
Toen: Dienst Waterkeringen & Rioleringen, gemeente Amsterdam, nu: Martijn van den Dobbelsteen
Martijn van den Dobbelsteen
Toen: Rebel Bouw BV, Oude Meer, 1982

On Zeeburgereiland there are two sludge pumping stations, which are striking due to their compact, unusual form. The pumping stations are the remains of a sewage treatment plant that was dismantled in 2006. In collaboration with MIR architects, the photographer and entrepreneur Martijn van den Dobbelsteen is developing one of the pumping stations, in two phases, into a creative work and meeting place.

In the first phase, the existing building will be brought into use as a workspace for Dobbelsteen Photography and the editorial staff of the neighbourhood newsletter de Brug. The former sludge pumping station will remain largely in its original state. Because the entrance has to be adapted to the new street level, the building will be easily accessible. It invites local residents to drop in for a cup of coffee and the latest news.

In the second phase, the pumping station is to be expanded. The outline is to be ‘compressed’ at the rear to form a larger volume, which will be situated partially below street level. Five creative entrepreneurs will soon have a workspace on the top floor. On the ground floor there is to be a 21 metre long gallery space, which extends for five metres on either side as a patio in the outdoor space. The light gallery space is to be equipped with lounging sofas, a small bar, wireless Internet, and there will be two sunken seating areas outside. Cultural events can also be organized here, so that the pumping station will become a dynamic meeting place on Zeeburgereiland. (ARCAM)