A bike in the air is worth two in the canal

Finally we can shout it from the rooftops: we are very proud that we can contribute to the ‘Rode Loper’ project on the Damrak in Amsterdam! 

The Damrak needs to be embellished. That’s why the whole property near the former C&A passageway has to be restructured. And because Amsterdam wants this to be a big tourist attraction, Mothership was asked by Bouwinvest to write a pitch. The success story of the Markthal has proven that art can create a substantial addition to the PR of a building. This is exactly what they also want for the Damrak passageway. Therefore the whole passageway is meant to be filled with art. The artists who won the pitch and who will embellish this passageway, are Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem with the work of art called ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’.

At first sight, ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ references to the Amsterdam canals. But it has a deeper meaning that refer to the magic powers of water and the coming into being of the universe.

Quality materials in combination with old craftsmanship are used for the realization of ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’. The ceiling will be made with more than 450 m2 glass mosaic. The floor will be covered with terrazzo by an old Italian family company and the walls will be covered with hand made tiles and leaded glass objects.

Besides that, the passageway will be embellished with fantastic chandeliers of bike parts and enormous mirrors decorated with gold leaf.

Commissioned by Bouwinvest ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ is designed by Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem in collaboration with FiMek and Top Vastgoed. Mothership acts as an advisor and producer. The expected completion of ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ is end 2015.

    Impressions: Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam, Hans van Bentem
    Impressions: Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam, Hans van Bentem

    Big X for you!

    We have a new logo. At least for this year. If you’re 10 years old, you should celebrate. So a good reason to update our logo in a festive way. The rest of the year we are accompanied by this catchy Roman 10.

    Ad multos annos!

      Design: Mothership

      Hurray Elm

      We have a baby! On January 30th, a second prototype tree-buoy was launched in the Aqua Dock at the RDM Campus. An important moment because from this tree-buoy we will learn how to realize the Bobbing Forest in the most effective way. The destination of the Bobbing forest is the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam.

      As opposed to the first tree-buoy, the second tree-buoy has no extra  buoyancy. Also, another ‘Dutch’ elm has been planted which is more spherical (type: Ulmus Clusius). And in addition, the tree of the second prototype will be getting fresh water instead of salt water.

      The expected completion of the Bobbing Forest will be autumn 2015. 

      We are very pleased with the helping hands from GKB groep, Gemeente Rotterdam, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam and W. Smit Duik- en Bergingsbedrijf. Without them we weren’t able to make this experimental phase happen.

      Thanks guys!

        Photo: Jorge Bakker