Spend the night in an architectonic object
1 May 2019 by Laura Abbink
In historical Delfshaven, you can stay overnight in one of Culture Campsite’s unique objects. One of the initiators, Laura Abbink, tells more about the small-scale sleeping phenomenon and the possibilities.
At our Culture Campsite, you sleep in an architectonic object among fragrant plants. Our location is close to the centre and a stone’s throw from the Maas. The sleeping objects are made from upcycled materials. They are fun to look at and to sleep in. The various objects are smaller than a tiny house, more exciting than a tent and differ from all other glamping accommodation. We see Culture Campsite as an ideal mix, a unique experience between visitors, art, architecture and sustainability in the middle of Rotterdam.
What do I sleep in?
The sleeping objects are made from waste flows or from a sustainable and environmental perspective. Each sleeping object has its own character and is suitable for two to four people. The different creations are designed by various artists, designers and architects, including Rob Sweere, ROFFAA architects, Bedbug, Sander Borsje, Studio Made By and MUD projects. As you would expect from a campsite, Culture Campsite also offers a shared space (in a dome) and shower and toilet facilities. If you’re curious, see the sleeping objects below:
Expedition North Cape
"Oh, how I look forward to accommodate an adventurer after all." Expedition North Cape tells a story of an adventurer who had planned a trip to the North Cape but never went. The rooftent is tailor-made to the idea and design of the adventurer. Nowadays it is extended with a greenhouse and ready for new adventurers! It offers a comfortable sleeping experience between plants. The bed is cozy, 120 by 200cm. Design by Sander Borsje. (photo: buroLab)
As if small spaceships landed and we were allowed to sleep in one. With a comfortable, worldly mattress and a wonderful hot shower in the morning.
"I have a Swedish name which means walrus but I come from the countryside of the Netherlands." This small scale architectural sleeping object named Val Ross is made of discarded materials. Its belly is made of an old silo discarded on a Dutch farm and its eye gives light to its inside companions. Designed by MUD projects.
"In my garden you’re as free as that crow up there." Architectural sleeping object Second Skin offers an overnight stay with its own garden. Hermetically sealed with an ultra-flexible plastic that feels like skin. Second Skin is a project in a series of 'plantations' to improve the urban microclimate through a symbiosis between buildings and plants. Second Skin is designed by Rob Sweere.
"At first I might be a bit shy, but give me some time and we will be best buddies." This creature is called Bedbug. It lives like a nomad, adapts to its environment and is made of a patchwork of driftwood, medium-density fibreboard and knitted seatbelt panels. Its transparent eyes bring in natural light and frame the sky. Bedbug is designed by Franka te Lintel Hekkert and Ronnie Kommené. (photo: buroLab)
In the Sleeping Pod, a white plastic capsule on legs – just large enough for a double bed – you imagine yourself a caterpillar that retreats into its cocoon.
"I used to shelter calves growing into adulthood. Now I've grown some tall legs myself." Sleeping Pod is made of discarded and then upcycled materials. What served as shelters for cattle has now been transformed into a small multi-use space. Sleeping Pod is raised on a steel frame is to emphasize both the view and security. Designed by Studio Made By. (photo: Iris van den Broek)
"I'm only a little pea, but you will sleep in peace inside of me." Little Pea is made from discarded animal silos to originally function as a mobile shelter fitted for a pickup. Different pieces of silo are joined together to create an original design and functional space. Little Pea has a spacious inside, has a large double bed and is insulated for colder days. Little Pea designed by MUD projects. (photo: buroLab)
Our team consists of four designers and freelancers from the arts and culture sector. I started Culture Campsite with Isis Hoos, Boris Duijneveld and Thijs Masthoff to introduce a broad audience to an innovative view of architecture and design and to broaden the horizon in terms of sustainability in a relaxed way.
A dynamic place for an experiment
With the Culture Campsite, we offer a unique experience and view of (urban) living or staying in the middle of the architectural city of Rotterdam. Culture Campsite is also a dynamic place and a lively exhibition of architecture. New sleeping objects will be developed in the coming period. For this, partnerships are sought with architects, artists, designers, students and makers. A sneak preview: the following sleeping objects are currently being built.
‘Are you sure of what you see?’ You will initially see a normal brick wall; our brain fills in the missing pieces. However, as you get closer, no stone seems to touch the other. Every stone floats in the air, but together they form a solid brick wall. Floating Bricks combines two waste flows; glass plates and rejected brick strips. Designed by ROFFAA architects.
‘Let me show you my world from above.’ Upstairs has a bedroom at a height of 2.5 metres and is made from recycled material. While lying down, you can admire the stars and the skyline of Rotterdam through the panorama in front and the skylight above you. Upstairs has been designed by and will be realised as a collaboration between Studio Made By and MUD projects.
Sleeping in one of the objects
If you are curious and interested in staying one or more nights at the Cultural Campsite at De Kroon, you can reserve the sleeping object of your choice and find more information on the website www.culturecampsite.com. If you have any questions, please mail us at email@example.com.
3024 EE Rotterdam Delfshaven
About the writer
Laura Abbink is one of the four founders of Culture Campsite, together with Isis Hoos, Boris Duijneveld and Thijs Masthoff. She is also involved in concept development and the production of various other art, cultural, social and educational projects. She likes to maintain an interdisciplinary character in this regard because of her interest in various creative fields and a preference for critical thinking.More info
Staying overnight at this sustainable architecture campsite is a guarantee for the most unique night's sleep you have ever had.