Dutch design studio PolyLester has created a collection of furniture on wheels that is used to transform an industrial hangar into a venue for exhibitions, workshops, dinners or parties. Amsterdam-based PolyLester designed various mobile elements to furnish the old hangar, which was first built to house military engineering facilities at one of the 42 forts along the Dutch capital’s historic defence line.
Named The Moveables, these elements – ranging from tables and seating areas to small rooms and cupboards – can be wheeled into an endless variety of configurations. Because of this, they can accommodate all sorts of different activities. The project was commissioned by Kunstfort Vijfhuizen, an established art centre at Fort Vijfhuizen. The remodelled hangar provides the centre with an opportunity to expand its programme.
To create as much flexibility as possible, many of the mobile elements combine different functions. For instance, the reception desk has an integrated chair, but also includes shelves for displaying books or leaflets. Two staircase-like units provide bleacher-style seating, but also have wardrobe storage built in, while a bookshelf unit doubles up as a partition or projection screen.
All elements are predominantly white, contrasting with the grey tones of the cobbled floor and metal structure. But the designers have also picked out some details in bright yellow. Lighting is provided by six industrial pendant lamps suspended overhead. A motorised system allows the position of these lights to be adjusted to suit different layouts. The Stelling van Amsterdam – also known as the Defence Line of Amsterdam – is a 135-kilometre ring around the city consisting of 42 historic forts.