Amsterdam has been a bureaucratic nightmare when it comes down to finding and re-using spots for other purposes than initially planned by the city council. Independent culture could only force its way from the underground up to sunlight by squatting, and getting the houses legalized – if there was no other convincing plan for usage by the original owners. Many cool places have been established since – but now? After the squatting law has been abandoned?
There seem to be arrangements for temporary usage now, and they are more adaptable for the current generation. Young people today like to adapt, look for opportunities, and those arrangements create a terrain for playful creativity.
On the ground floor of the former Shell-tower, this landmark is right opposite Central Station in Amsterdam North. There is an improvised terrace, there is a bar inside what I think must have been the old foyer of the Shell-tower – nice combination of the 70s elegance of a representative building, and the temporary interior of the bar – a bar, a DJ booth, and something like an improvised cabin.
While I first came here for bands it turns out that the main focus of the programming is on parties, so you are more likely to find yourself on the dancefloor (nights). During the day it’s a good place to hang out (now inside) and watch the ships go by…
Also nice: the midnight market. Vintage shopping until 4 in the morning (once in a while, not regularly)!