Having predominantly focused on landscapes and architecture with our photography projects, a while ago we decided we should step out of our comfort zone and start to take more portraits. We’ve talked about a number of different themes without deciding on anything specific until this summer we were lucky enough to come across The Platz Projekt in Hanover, Germany.
Platz Projekt is a container village offering space, opportunity and support for people to realise projects that wouldn’t be possible within the city under normal circumstances. As an alternative to paying expensive rates for space, The Platz Projekt offers the chance to help create a space within a community alongside others working on a variety of different projects. So far on the site is a bar, a cafe, a tattoo studio, a bike workshop, child minder, a dressmakers, and a clothes lending library amongst others. There is also a relatively large garden area and several spaces for live music. Several projects on the site are still underway as the project continues to evolve and develop.
Next door is the 2er Skatepark without which the project probably wouldn’t exist. In 2007 a group of skateboarders started to build their own skate spot on a piece of wasteland in an industrial part of the city, close to the Lindener Harbour. The project grew and in 2010 they negotiated a lease with the landowner giving them permission to stay. The park has developed into what is now the biggest ‘do it yourself’ skatepark in Germany probably Europe too..it’s huge! They formed a club which now has over 100 members and it is a section of it’s members which had the idea for the Platz Projekt in 2013. Although the Platz Projekt is now a seperate entity, there’s a symbiotic relationship between the two neighbours, and the do it yourself mentality is firmly rooted in both their ongoing approach.
We spent time in Hanover making frequent visits to the site photographing some of the container owners, skaters and the surroundings and hope this gives an overall impression of what’s going on.
Isabell is a fashion designer and tailor. She is one of the few people who’s container is completely finished. She uses the space as her full time work studio which means she is on site everyday through the week, unlike some of the other container owners who are doing this alongside full time jobs.
Kleider Kabinett is a clothes ‘library’ which can be utilized for creative projects such as photoshoots or stage productions but also if you just need something to wear for a particular occasion. The owners Dorothea Hoffmann andTheresa Klementare are both costume designers and this is an experimental side project. They are prolific charity shop lurkers and this is their collection of the weird and wonderful finds they have made over the years. Inside is almost every perceivable type of item which can be worn on the human body, a treasure trove for vintage clothes enthusiasts. You can see some of their costume design skills here.
Aine is a painter and skater from Majorca who has claimed a container to use as a studio space. She has not yet started to work on her container and is still in the planning stages.
Lena is relatively new to the Platz Projekt community and as you can see her container is very much in the beginning stages. There is a lot of work to be done before her project is realised but her idea is to build a massage and wellness studio offering different types of massage and physiotherapy.
Kiryll from “Open Ink”
Open Ink is a co- working space for freelance tattoo artists and those aspiring to become one. It is a space to work, share ideas and pass on knowledge.
Their is ample garden space on site which a number of people are responsible for including Martin above. The garden contains a vast vegetable patch which is open for container owners to use and two beehives.
Vincente is a prolific skater who also builds skateboards. He has been heavily involved with building the 2er skatepark for the last five years and is helping to build other skateparks inspired by the 2er around Germany.