From shipyard to cultural metropolitan square
From the 1920s until the 1980s, the NDSM-wharf was one of the biggest shipyards in the world, regularly launching huge impressive tankers from its slipways. After this activity ceased, this sprawling location – and its imposing backdrop of crane tracks, sheds and the gigantic slipway – became a home port for creative pioneers such as Dogtroep and Robodock. Numerous initiatives followed: Over het IJ Festival, New Dakota, music festivals such as DGTL and other cultural events.
The colossal shipbuilding shed called 'NDSM Loods' was transformed into ‘Kunststad’ (‘Art City’), an architectural monument housing some four hundred artists, designers, architects and set designers: one of the biggest artistic incubators in The Netherlands. It also functions as a popular events location.