Rail line overpass near the Gein area, providing a direct link between the A6 and A9 motorways.
(nowadays a tunnel for cyclists and pedestrians)

In the 1960s it was proposed to expand Amsterdam’s motorway network by constructing a road which would provide a direct link between Flevoland, the A6 and A9 motorways. The road would pass through the green area to the Southeast of Amsterdam.

After a slow decision-making process and protests held by local residents and environmentalists, the national government devised an alternative plan to expand the existing road network. This solution did not require the use of the rail line overpass, which had already been constructed. Cyclists and pedestrians use it today, by which it exhibits a rare occurrence where space is overprovided for the users due to its initial purpose altering.

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Loves Day

Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Alter do Chão, Brazil.

New York, USA.

Megan de Kruijf (Actress)

Kings

Granville

Detroit, USA.

Kim van Kooten (Actress)

Marcel Hensema (Actor)

Entrada

Desejos

Krakow, Poland.

Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

Rotterdam, NL.

Xanadu

Paraiso de Bebe

New York, USA.

Marquis Hawkes. Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Peter van den Begin (Actor)

Unfinished metro station underneath Weesperplein junction.
(in use as a fallout shelter during the Cold War)

In 1968, plans for Amsterdam’s metro network included four metro lines: a ring line, a north-south line, two south-east lines, an east-west line and the Singelgracht line.
The east-west line and Singelgracht lines were never finished. Because of wet Dutch soil, it was necessary to tear down thousands of houses to accommodate the metro tunnels for these lines. In the mid 1970s, protests against this demolition led to the city council closing any plans for the other lines, although new construction techniques led to the decision to push ahead with the north-south line some fifteen years ago.
Some of the works had already started for the unfinished lines, leading to a transfer station linking the south-east and Singelgracht lines – just underneath Weesperplein. At this crossroad, the concrete casting of the transfer station was eventually given the function of a fallout shelter during the Cold War. It included fresh air filters, power turbines and sanitary fittings.
There are still signs of what was meant before. Today, you can see ‘tiles’ attached to the ceiling of Weesperplein station’s main hall. These are not decorative elements – they are tables that can be dismantled to be used in case of a nuclear attack.
Several proposals were made to repurpose the fallout shelter, including a parking garage and towards the more extreme scale – a theme park. There has been activity from then untill now in the concrete ‘no man’s land’, some plays and the occasional rave but nothing fixed.

Haarlem, NL.

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Border England – Scotland, UK.

Eternity

Le Royale

Bert Pot (Director of Photography)

New York, USA.

Alter do Chão, Brazil.

Jesse. New York, U.S.

 

 

Cloverleaf interchange for A6-A9 junction near Amstelveen, including two sand embankments.
(traces of cloverleaf have been cleared, embankments have been redeveloped as residential areas)

A straight connection between Amsterdam and Rotterdam was envisioned in the 1932 National Motorway Plan for The Netherlands, which would cut right through the present day ‘Groene Hart’. The plan was to create the A3 motorway to connect to the A9, but protests from environmentalists and the coming-into-existence of alternative routes halted construction.

However, in Amstelveen preparations to accommodate the connection from A3 to A9 were already underway. Spacious overpasses, collector and distributor bends, ponds and other landscape elements were constructed and, until a few years ago, remained as signs of the initial plans.

Recently, the national planning department eradicated most of the infrastructure and sand embankments – leaving only the ponds as a silent reminder of the envisioned motorway junction ‘Amstelplein’. Streets in nearby neighbourhoods still show signs of this unrealised plan, with names such as ‘Rotterdamsepad’ and ‘Spangenhof’.

Taco Regtien (Set Dresser / Weed Specialist)

Belém, Brazil.

Frenky Ribbens (Writer) & Dana Nechushtan (Director)

Detroit, USA.

 

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Uwe Kuipers (Gaffer)

Sabrina Carli (Lighting Trainee) & Giel Born (Best Boy)

Glasgow, Schotland.

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Ko Lanta, Thailand.

Oasis

Liverpool, U.K.

Rotterdam, NL.

Playboy

Raampoort bridge near Tweede Hugo de Grootstraat.
(meant as a thoroughfare between the redeveloped Jordaan neighbourhood and the inner city; has been put to use partially)

In the 1960s a bridge was renovated and widened to make the popular route between Rozengracht – Marnixstraat – Raampoort – Jan van Galenstraat – ring road A10 more accessible. When in use, it was realised that the corner cars had to turn between Raampoort and Rozengracht was itself too narrow to accommodate the increase in traffic. Cars were therefore directed in and out of the city via alternative routes.

Nowadays, the bridge is rarely used as a thoroughfare. Its original intention is still quite explicit through its extra lanes and unnecessarily broad sidewalks.

Mark du Plessis (1st Assistant Camera)

Moments

Marcel Hensema (Actor)

Grandpa Augestinus (Dummy)

Status

Capri

Rotterdam, NL.

Giel Born (Best Boy)

Ijmuiden, NL.

Love Tour

Peter van den Begin (Actor)

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Sweet Cherry

Lumini

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Love Land

New York, USA.

Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

Stairway to Heaven

Manchester, U.K.

Encontros

Richt Martens (2nd Assistant Director / Script Continuity) & Dana Nechushtan (Director)

New York, USA.

IJmuiden, NL.

Glasgow, U.K.

 

Five Stars

Manchester, U.K.

Justus Engelbracht (Clapper/Loader)

Free Way

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Sabrina Carli (Lighting Trainee)

In Passion

Edinburgh, UK.

Panama City, Panama.

Illusion

Peter van den Begin (Actor)

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Rotterdam, NL.

Amazon river, Brazil.

Bert Pot (Director of Photography)

Manchester, U.K.

Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Carpe Diem

Detroit, USA.

Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Salvador, Brazil.

Miami, USA.

Classe A

Leicester, U.K.

New York, USA.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Karysma

Grand Prix

Ida, Haarlem.

Sweet Dreams

Chicago, USA.

San Diego

Style

Palmeiras, Brazil.

Carinhoso

Marquis Hawkes. Marzahn, Berlin. DE.

Lençóis Maranhenses, Brazil.

Amsterdam, NL.

Executive

Jesse. Amsterdam, NL.

New York, USA.

Pit Stop

Jesse, Amsterdam, NL.

Antoin Cox (Sound Mixer) Bert Pot (Director of Photography) Ari Hemelaar (1st AD)

Martijn Lakemeier (Actor)

Eva Weerts (Art Department Trainee), Vera van der Sandt (Art Director), Sander de Vries (Art Department Runner), Marius Touwen (Assistant Art Department), Ida Doodeman (Hand Props)