City Camp Castricum
With one simple rule-change the town of Castricum became one big Camping during summer
Ever dreamt of camping in the middle of town, in the public green, at a carpark or in your neighbours' garden? Between August 19 - 29 this was possible at City Camp Castricum. The inhabitants of Castricum offered campingplaces and facilities. All one needed to bring was a tent!
City Camp Castricum was a truly urban campsite, making use of the public domain and private gardens of the entire village. By stating that these public and private green areas could be used as campsites, the hospitality of the inhabitants of Castricum was put to the test. This play of welcoming or keeping at bay, of both people and the nearby sea, was a central theme in the NH Biennial 2010.
Artist Sabrina Lindemann, DUS architects and graphic studio DUEL collaborated on the theme of hospitality and designed means to transform the public village domain into a campsite. DUS architects designed the temporary interior of the Campsite Reception, solely with help of airbeds and flashlights. Campingguests up for a true urban camping shower experience could shower at the grand shower house made from waterproof airbeds. DUEL designed a genuine camping-guide and camp-website. Key to the camping was the activity program, hosed by the inhabitants of Castricum, ranging from music performanes, cooking classes to tree-root polishing courses. Suddenly the public domain of Castricum became a lively stage for happenings, events and contact.
Staying at the campsites was for free. Guests could camp at designated locations throughout town. All information on the locations was available from the campsite reception. Only people who registered at the reception, were entitled to camp in CityCamp Castricum.
Client: NH BNL.10
Program: Urban camping
Location: Castricum, NL
Phase: Completion 2010, ongoing
Project team: Hans Vermeulen, Martine de Wit, Hedwig Heinsman, Inara Nevskaya, Karlien van Leeuwen, Arminas Sadzevicivs
NH BNL.10 is supported by the Provincie Noord-Holland, Mondriaan Stichting, VSBfonds, Stimuleringsfonds voor Architectuur, SNS REAAL fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland, LIRA Fonds, Gemeente Den Helder, Gemeente Zandvoort, Gemeente Castricum, Gemeente Velsen, Gemeente Bergen, Gemeente Haarlem, Gemeente Hoorn and Gemeente Schermer