The square in front of Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA train station is oversized, windy and poorly used. In September we’re making the place come to life with the Flying Grass Carpet — a giant, colourful pop-up landscape. Come hang out with us!
Deriving inspiration from traditional Persian carpets, the Flying Grass Carpet is an enormous pop-up landscape that travels to different cities to bring life to urban spaces that need it most. The carpet was created by our Rotterdam-based friends HUNC and Studio ID Eddy. The carpet has been travelling for over a decade and has visited more than 25 cities, successfully turning dull public spaces into vibrant community hangouts.
This month, the Flying Grass Carpet is making a stop at Hoekenrodeplein in front of Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA train station. There’ll be a programme full of food, drinks, sports, play, music and much more. The project is part of 11 United — a strategic placemaking project around the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Bijlmer ArenA station and the Amsterdamse Poort shopping centre. In the coming years, this area will undergo significant changes with the development of new housing, offices and retail spaces. Pop-Up City is commissioned by the City of Amsterdam to bring new energy to the area during the urban transformation phase.