room on the roof

Room on the Roof by i29

Dutch design studio – i29 have converted a historic tower on top of the De Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam into an artist residence. The project is called Room on the Roof and forms a new collaborative program being launched by the department store and Rijksmuseum.

A range of artists, designers, writers, musicians and architects have been chosen to occupy the space during the project using it as a base to work on their projects.

“This was the starting point for i29 to realise an installation that brings together two worlds in one space; playing with scale and perception as in the universe of Alice in Wonderland.” – i29

The double height tower, which is accessible via an original spiral staircase, has been split in two with the main intervention occupying the smaller half.

A series of pine-panel boxes have been assembled in the smaller half, creating a range of stacked rooms that contain a desk, small kitchenette, storage and a daybed enclosed in a cantilevered cube.

Each box level is accessible via a flat ladder running up the pine wall. As you climb higher up the stack different views of the city begin to emerge.

The larger half of the tower has two large windows and has been kept very minimal with limited fixtures and fittings. A secondary spiral staircase leads to the cupola at the top of the tower

All work created within the space will be exhibited publicly through installations and window displays in the department store and online.

Photography by Ewout Huibers


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