The Tussen-ruimte (Dutch for in-between space) project stimulates new activities and use in the otherwise conservative canal area of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site.


The project does not focus on the buildings itself because those are subject to strict regulations. Instead it focuses on the 56 small spaces found in between those buildings that were historically used as a back alley or access to a stable, but that have nowadays lost their function. As a network, the small spaces have the potential to introduce a different kind of architecture, as well as different uses and users into the rich history of change in the canal area.


The first intervention focused on the smallest Tussen-ruimte: 90 cm wide, 10m deep and 12 meters high, located on the Herengracht. 50 perforated curtains that vary in length are hung in between the two neighboring houses in order to further enclose the small space. The space functioned as a small public retreat to escape from the hectic city life on the canals.


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Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Client: City of Amsterdam, The Amsterdam Fund for the Arts

Program: Architectural intervention

Area: 9 m2

Status: Completed in 2013

Project Team: Jarrik Ouburg, Stéphanie Willocx, Hanna Lee, Maria José Jiménez Borja

Project organisation: Non-fiction, Office Jarrik Ouburg, TAAK, Castrum Peregrini