Westergasfabriek

© Arjen Veldt

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Polonceaukade 27
1014 DA Amsterdam

Highlights:

  • In the beautiful Westerpark
  • Former Gas Plant
  • Cultural and innovative hotspot

Historical buildings given a new buzzing life

The Westergasfabriek (Western Gas Plant) is a brilliantly renovated historical area in West Amsterdam and is now a thriving cultural park. Creative entrepreneurs have settled in the beautiful old buildings and a great number of popular events, including Amsterdam Dance Event and the Unseen Photo Fair, are held at this location.

The Westergasfabriek (Western Gas Plant) is a brilliantly renovated historical area in West Amsterdam and is now a thriving cultural park. Creative entrepreneurs have settled in the beautiful old buildings and a great number of popular events, including Amsterdam Dance Event and the Unseen Photo Fair, are held at this location.

This beautiful cultural park in Amsterdam was originally the site of a gas plant, supplying the street lanterns with gas in order to light up the otherwise dark and unwelcoming streets. The plant was built in 1885 according to the Hollandsche Neorenaissance style design of Amsterdam architect Isaac Godschalk. The gas plant was used well into the sixties, but in 1967 all gas production was taken over by the ovens in Ijmuiden and later Slochteren. Once the factory was closed, what remained was a heavily polluted area in the centre of Amsterdam.

In 1992 the buildings that were formerly used as the gas plant were given a new chance at life when cultural and creative activities were temporarily hosted at the Westergasfabriek. The adventurous art projects and vibrant festivals attracted so many young and creative visitors to this area that it soon became the innovative hub of Amsterdam. The creative energy was so appealing that the Westergasfabriek was soon turned into a permanent cultural park. This area screams art and creation.

There is almost something slightly eerie about going to a festival or exhibition at the old gas plant, but it truly is an amazing experience. On the edge of a beautiful park surrounded by wonderful restaurants such as De Culinaire Werkplaats and Proef, this area sets the scene for a great night out.