AMSTERDAM ALLEGORIES / WINNER PRIX DE ROME ARCHITECTURE 2018
Location: Amsterdam (NL) Partner: Mondriaan Fonds Team: Alessandra Covini, Giovanni Bellotti Photographer: Kyoutangtae Kim Year: 2018
Amsterdam Allegories, transforms Sixhaven into a water-filled harbour dotted with 21 ‘islands for Amsterdam’s future.’ Reflecting poetically on the city’s identity, its dreams and obsessions, its desires and idiosyncrasies, the islands are not defined not by their program, but by the possibilities they offer for human encounters with animals, plants and minerals. The project attempts to shape a new type of public space in which leisure becomes re-creation: an arena for action, rather than passive consumption. In this surreal and experimental public domain, Amsterdam’s citizens are transformed from users into sailors, collectors, farmers, cartographers and explorers.