Location: Dam Square, Amsterdam
The tower of a department store may not be the most likely place for an artist’s residence, but take one look at Room on the Roof, a new artist in residence program and project by i29 Interior Architects, and it’s difficult to imagine a better place for creativity to flourish.
Netherlands-based department store chain de Bijenkorf, along with art and history museum Rijksmuseum, launched the artist in residence program January 27th. i29 Interior Architects created a space where artistic types from many disciplines – including writers, architects, musicians, and designers – can find inspiration and do what they do best. Dutch designer Maarten Baas is the first to use the space, which is housed in the small tower of de Bijenkorf in the historic heart of Amsterdam.
Room on the Roof features a stunning interior, which i29 constructed with the idea of bringing two worlds together in one space. A floor-to-ceiling wooden installation houses a pantry, storage space, a desk area, and a daybed. The large wooden “cabinet” stacks these areas, and each can be reached using small ladders. i29 notes that this provides a way to experience the tower and views of the city in different ways, and that the space plays with scale and perception in an Alice in Wonderland-type way.
The telescope, armchair, and lamps provide beautifully sharp contrasts to the natural wood, and the restored dark spiral stairs lead to the cupola. Artists also have access to a special menu for meals, and are invited to work on their craft in the space, whether it’s music, dance, poetry, film, or photography. Artists from around the world have been invited to take part in the program, and to make use of this unique space.