The contemporary art-jewellery fair is held annually in the Gashouder (gasholder), an old industrial monument in Amsterdam.

SIERAAD International Jewellery Art Fair is held in an old industrial monument: the Gashouder (gasholder), part of Westergasfabriek.

At the end of the 19th century, the Imperial Continental Gas Association (ICGA) built two coal gas factory complexes in Amsterdam: the Ooster Gasfabriek (Eastern Gas Factory) and the Wester Gasfabriek (Western Gas Factory). The latter was completed in 1885, strategically located near to waterways, the rail network and access roads. Originally, the gas was used for street lighting.

The Gashouder was built in 1902 – at the time it was the largest in Europe. The gas was stored above the Gashouder in a steel tank that extended telescopically to a height of 40m.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.

Westergasfabriek 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 you will find all kinds of restaurants as well. The Westergasfabriek is regarded as a model for redevelopment, far beyond Dutch borders. (copyright www.sieraadartfair.com)

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