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 and 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, use and users to 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 on the Herengracht. 50 perforated curtains that vary in length are hung in between the two neighbouring houses in order to enclose a small space. The space functioned as a small public retreat to escape from the hectic city life on the canals.
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