Culture Campsite: A Dutch Camping Ground with “Waste Architecture” Cabins

“The principle of waste architecture is designing and sketching with the materials and objects that are available,” writes designer Boris Duijneveld, the founder of Netherlands-based MUD (Mobile Urban Design) Projects. “Playing with form, material and color leads to new insights and forms that cannot be imagined on a white sheet of paper.”

That’s an apt description of Culture Campsite, a campground located in a parking lot outside of Rotterdam, for which MUD was one of several firms hired to design some of the “tents.” Instead of actual tents, however, Culture Campsite consists of nearly a dozen two-person sleeping structures made from repurposed materials and objects: Feed siloes, two calf shelters turned on their sides and connected at the bottom, a delivery van, a dumpster, and other ad hoc shelters.

Meals are served communally (and socially-distanced) inside a geodesic dome on the site, and the bathrooms are communal.

Though closed for the season, Culture Campsite is scheduled to re-open in May of 2021. Prices are €65-€75 (USD $76-$88) per night.