Alter Congestion

Alter Congestion was a project inspired by Amsterdam's touristic chaos, the question which role an architectural intervention can play in it and a conceptual approach to spatial design within such a context. Closely bound to imaginative strategies deriving from other creative investigations, a family of sixteen structures has been imposed on Amsterdam's dense center fabric. All of them were to react on their site and the conditions found in place, to challenge, alter and create alternative spatial experiences. Together, the family could act as a disturbing, yet enriching grid which was to adopt several possible functionalities and offers other layers of touristic experience – eventually forming a sort of collage of characterstics of congestion in Amsterdam. The Bridge – one of them, dealing with the topic of passage – links Rokin and Kalverstraat within Duifjessteeg and follows some of the principles developed for this project: Enhancement, Elevation, Reproduction, Escape and Shapemaking. The intervention aims to intensify the experience of narrowness and simultaneously copies it onto another level of hight. It is doubling the possibility of passage and forms a rather ironic, almost impertinent gesture, squeezing into one of Amsterdam's narrowest alleys.


Alexander Köppel (1992, Munich) is an artist, spatial designer and musician currently based in Amsterdam. His work fuses sound and space into sensorial experiences - conveyed through installations, architectural investigations, sound production, sound performance, visual and narrative elements. Interested in investigating themes such as perception, time and immaterial value, Alexander Köppel creates subtle, engaging atmospheres and intends to guide into acts of attention.

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2017 -




Bachelor of Arts
Architectural Design
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Scholarship by the German Academic
Exchange Service (DAAD)

Internship & artist residency
Spatial Sound Institute, Budapest

Bachelor of Arts
Interior Architecture
Burg Giebichenstien
University of Art and Design, Halle

Alexander Köppel has worked for:

Studio Müller van Tol
Studio LA







Heard and Seen

Acts of Attention (Traces)
Graduation Show 2019
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

Gleaming Discovery
Sound production for Adrian Stoica’s
Bachelor Collection – Fashion show
Burg Giebichenstein – University of Art and Design Halle

Performance in collaboration with Laura Dubourjal and Moa Holgersson
Butcher’s Tears, Amsterdam

Re enactment of my childhood memories
Score for Laura Dubourjal’s gradua-
tion film – Graduation show 2018
Gerrit Rietveld Academie

Performance in 4DSOUND
Spatial Sound Institute Budapest

A Technocratic Entity
Group exhibition - Rietveld Uncut
Brakke Grond, Amsterdam