Ever dreamed a game of mini golf in a disused car park? In Amsterdam this can become a reality thanks to NL Architects and Zwirt, who have designed a mini golf course in the unloved parking lot of the Amsterdam Harbour Club in the east of the city.
The project surfaced as a result of the slowing rates of construction, leaving many sites across the Netherlands empty and unattractive. However on the other hand, this has led to the space becoming available for those with a creative vision; those who can inject a bit of fun and energy back into these temporarily abandoned sites.
Platform Openbare Ruimte offered designers and architects, through the project ‘Design as Activator’, the opportunity to explore how the area can be adapted to its temporary abandonment, with the help of a €2500 budget. The playful idea instils some colour and energy back in to the car park through the use of ‘grass carpet’, that is used to create differently shaped putting greens at each of the nine holes.
The redesign and intervention of an otherwise unwelcoming and tiresome area, reclaims the space and allows people of all ages to enjoy a game of mini golf with their friends and families whilst at the same time injecting a bit of excitement and spontaneity back into the city.