The Netherlands-based architectural practices Bureau SLA and Overtreders W have together designed the ‘Noorderparkbar’. It is a coffee bar and local gathering space built for people in North Amsterdam. The pavilion looks brand new but actually it was completely constructed out of second hand materials brought from marktplaats.nl, the Dutch eBay.
Following is a description from the designers, “The construction of the bar consists of 3 temporary hospital units. One of the units was given new facades made entirely of old windows and a roof of old skylights, this unit contains a bar and toilets. The other units surround the terrace. The whole pavilion can be closed with large shutters.
Our first purchase was a second hand van, to collect the materials from all over Holland. After that we bought the hospital units, 42 windows, a few thousands meters of wood, 55 liters of paint, two toilet bowls and a lot more.”