The Noorderparkbar…a fantastic coffee bar in Amsterdam!

For Noorderparkbar, a cafe in the middle of an Amsterdam park, Dutch architecture firms Bureau SLA and Overtreders have combined fragments of former temporary hospital units, leftover wood, old furnitures and dining utensils, all found online (on Marktplaats — the Dutch equivalent of eBay), to build a cozy, eco-friendly hot spot!!!

From the outside, Noorderparkbar looks a bit like a giant barn, with wooden shingles and a high roof, but the opened heavy doors reveal a cute, sunny cafe, cobbled together from 42 windows and skylights that originally came from three different hospital units. The first floor houses a bar, dining room, and restrooms, while the second floor is a lighted terrace. The architects purchased all their materials from more 100 online merchants, who were then interviewed and consulted for the project.

I think this is a perfect structure for a coffee in the park: simple, cheap, light and, thanks to the terrace at the second floor, perfect for a romantic evening! 🙂

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