Disrupting Amsterdam will be held at Pakhuis de Zwijger on March 6, 2013.

Pakhuis de Zwijger (De Zwijger warehouse) was built during the heyday of Amsterdam’s Eastern Docklands area and was used as a warehouse for refrigerated goods. Following extensive renovations, it now serves as a cultural meeting place for creative and innovative types. Networking events, exhibitions, lectures and workshops are regularly held here.

The original warehouse was built in 1934 and should have been demolished when the Eastern Docklands area underwent a major renovation. A bridge was meant to be built where the warehouse stands, but thanks to a petition the warehouse was declared a national monument. The final solution was a unique one – to build the bridge right through the middle of the building.

Pakhuis De Zwijger houses a café, multiple halls and meeting rooms, radio and television studios, and multimedia workshops. Located on the Piet Heinkade above the Jan Schaeffer bridge, the warehouse also holds the offices of several cultural organisations. In addition to an auditorium that can seat up to 600 people, the building also features three smaller meeting rooms and an exhibition space.


Pakhuis de Zwijger is located just under a mile to the east of Amsterdam Central Station. From Central Station, trams 25 and 26 will take you within a couple of minutes from the front door. You can also take Bus 42.

Click HERE for a PDF of the directions (in Dutch).


Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179-181