History of the venue
PAZZANI AND GOSSCHALK
The director, Julius Pazzani (1841–1888), assumed responsibility for the technicalities of the manufacturing process and for the site itself. The building designs were commissioned from the Amsterdam-based architect Isaac Gosschalk (1838–1907). Gosschalk worked in the picturesque Dutch Neo-Renaissance style he initiated.
EXPANSIONS AND CLOSURE
In 1898, Amsterdam’s city council took over the running of the factory. Production increased and the site was expanded. Later, gas production was gradually reduced as the city council started sourcing more and more of its gas from Hoogovens in IJmuiden and, from 1963, natural gas from Slochteren. The Westergasfabriek ceased gas production gas in 1967.
By the time the factory shut down, the site was heavily polluted, making it difficult to find a new purpose for the area. In the meantime, the GEB, the municipal energy company, used it for storage and as a workshop. From 1992, the buildings were used temporarily for creative and cultural activities. Adventurous entrepreneurs and artists flocked to the site.
It was immediately clear that Westergasfabriek was the ideal location for events such as De Kunstvlaai art fair, the Holland Festival and Awakenings club events. It became the meeting place of choice for creative and innovative Amsterdam residents. The site and the creative buzz around it ultimately led to the area becoming a permanently designated cultural zone.
Now, the Westergasfabriek is providing a new surge of energy and light. The redeveloped factory site and the beautifully laid out park are an asset for the local area. Creative entrepreneurs work in the renovated historic buildings and many high-profile events and festivals are held here. The Westergasfabriek is regarded as a model for redevelopment, far beyond the Netherlands’ borders.
From Central Station: Bus 21, get off at stop Westergasfabriek
From City Centre/Leidseplein : Tram 10, get off at stop Van Limburg Stirumplein
From Ring A10: Exit S103/S104 (Haarlem), drive towards the city centre via the Haarlemmerweg. On your left side, you will find the Westergasfabriek.
From Schiphol: Highway A4 Amsterdam (Ring A10). Exit S103, drive towards the city centre via the Haarlemmerweg. On your left side, you will find the Westergasfabriek.
The Westergasfabriek is located in Westerpark and is a car-free environment. You can park your car at:
Q Park Westergasfabriek
Van Bleiswijkstraat 8
1051 DG Amsterdam
Located opposite to Westergasfabriek (€2 per 35 minutes / €30 per day)
Haarlemmer Houttuinen 549
1013 GM Amsterdam%MCEPASTEBIN%
10-minute walking distance (€0.50 for 7 minutes/ €47.50 per day)
P+R Bos en Lommer
1055 JE Amsterdam
10-minute distance by bus (take bus 21 and get off at Van Hallstraat bus stop). (From €1 per hour. See their website for full terms and conditions)