1st April - 1st June 2024

Schools Reinventing Amsterdam


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OBA Next is the library of the future. Amsterdam is seeking student ideas to make this new library a place where that makes all Amsterdam residents happy.

The Mayor of Amsterdam wants you to think about the future of your city. How? By designing your ideal library of the future in Minecraft. Learn how to get involved on the OBA Next website. 

The Challenge 

Students are challenged to build their designs for: 

How can we design the OBA Next public library in Amsterdam to be a library of the future; as a place for everyone that is dedicated to knowledge, built sustainably, and connected to the nature around it.

To do this, think about what this library will look like inside and outside. The building should connect to the green space and serve as a cultural space for all ages.

About the site

The aim of the new OBA Next library design is to create a beautiful public building that young people in particular are proud of across Amsterdam. The OBA Next library is being built as a place for meeting, inspiration and talent development in a new way. 

Get involved

If your design wins, it might become reality! Winning designs will be reviewed by the architect of OBA Next. Who knows, maybe your design will inspire the design of the future library. 

The jury of the Minecraft Challenge will choose three winning designs. Finalist teams will win an afternoon for a maximum 6 participants at an OBA Maakplaats. The Maakplaats will be all yours for two hours to make your ideas come to life with 3D printers, a vinyl cutter and a laser cutter. This allows you to print logos on T-shirts, make stickers, and create and print or cut 3D designs. 


If you have a question or would like more details on the Students Reinventing Cities competition, please use the form below. You will receive a response via email.

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