Urban Campsite – A Weird and Wonderful Temporary Retreat

From the first for June to the first of September 2015, the Centrumeiland of Ijburg in Amsterdam is hosting what they’re calling an Urban Campsite. The project is an art/sleep experience that features a variety of unusual sleeping spaces placed on a beach.


Upside Down You Turn Me - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Exterior - Humble Homes

The public exhibition consists of fourteen sculptural temporary dwellings that have been created by a number of designers, architects and artists. The designers were challenged to create mobile shelters from a range of materials.


Upside Down You Turn Me - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Interior - Humble Homes

The shelters can be rented out through AirBnB by locals and tourists. The tents themselves come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and would probably make for one of the most unique camping/glamping trips going. Apart from the tents, the site is also home to a shared recreation space, and cooking facilities.


Val Ross - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Exterior - Humble Homes

From Rob Sweere, the designer of the “Upside Down You Turn Me” unit (the first and second images in this post): “This survival capsule has landed on the endless sand plains of Ijburg. Lying inside you can look left and right and also up and down through hemispherical windows. You can sit outside, sheltered from the rain below the object. Thus, there are two rooms: inside the capsule, for resting and sleeping, and beneath the capsule one can sit and dream oneself beyond the horizon.”

Val Ross - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Interior - Humble Homes

Another capsule by MUD Projects dubbed the Val Ross, takes inspiration from the shape of a seed and is made from recycled materials: “The basis of mud projects is to breathe new life into old, discarded objects. To draw inspiration from available objects and materials and thus be guided towards new forms and insights. It is important to study the form of the existing object and to let it speak to you in order to transform the object to subjugate the relation to its original purpose.”

IBC Shrinkwrap - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Exterior - Humble Homes

Another shelter, dubbed IBC Shrinkwrap (pictured above) by Refunc, “explores the flux of garbage and its recycling and utilization in architecture and design”. More pictures are available through DesignBoom link at the bottom of this page.

IBC Shrinkwrap - Urban Campsite - Amsterdam - Interior - Humble Homes

For more camping/glamping posts check out Happier Campers HC1 retro-style travel trailer. Or, this glamping site in Korea that features luxurious accommodation. See all camping.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Anouska Rickard

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. Hmmm, Whimsical yes? Practical? No way. How long before people become bored with this and they can’t get any more customers? Probably a lot sooner than you’d think.

    But, I do applaud their creativity. Just not practical in the real world from my point of view.

  2. that shrink wrap design (or just the basic bed space) would be an ideal design for the homeless with maybe a little insulation material and some light weight panels on the interior. any homeless charity who has a little spare room could erect a few and offer them out each night, and i’m sure someone in need would really appreciate that a whole lot more than a cold dark corner somewhere. It’s an amazing idea, and i love the creativity and potential in such simplicity.

  3. I like but no storage is staying for a few days. I could see several of these strung together to make a house along with a shipping containers but used in different environments. Interesting.