The Playground

Not just another boring event venue. A beautiful industrial space with a stage, a bar, technical equipment. Perfect for your exhibitions, lectures, brainstorm days, Meetups, team workshops, hackathons, performances, you name it! Up to 130 people in theater set-up or 70p in workshop style set-up. 

Our building, the former Shell Laboratory, is located just across Central Station. A relaxed 4-minute ferry ride will ease your way in the event you are organizing or headed for, and with only a 14-minute train trip our venue is perfect for international audiences coming from all over the world.

Find some inspiration on our Facebook page or Instagram or get an impression of the space from these event organizers:

Art-Up incubator program 2020 organized by Art-Up founders Jon Heemsbergen and Anne Houwing

Cultuurbrouwerij organized by Museumnacht​​

Influencer Marketing organized by My Daily Shot of Culture

Canon Instameet organized by Canon and Studio Polat

Amsterdam Bereikbaarheid organized by Storydiggers with Gemeente Amsterdam


Get an offer

Or contact us: 0208202363 or 


Request a quote and get in touch! We try to respond within 24 hours and would like to confirm a reservation one week in advance of the meeting or event itself, so that we can make sure you are 100% well prepared!


  • Plenary space with stage and bar space;
  • Projector and screen;
  • Sound and microphones;
  • Light program;
  • Live-streaming option;
  • Catering services by The Coffee Virus

Additional services:

  • Collaboration with our Members
  • Meet with the A Lab team for personal advice on your event (based upon request)
  • Furniture & decoration
  • Cleaning service 
  • Staff: Event Manager & Security
  • Technical Equipment & Support


  • € 170,- per hour during work hours
  • € 85,- per hour for members
  • € 210,- per hour in evening & weekends
  • € 1.000,- per day including use of technical equipment & cleaning service
  • € 500,- per day for members including use of technical equipment & cleaning services

All prices are excluding VAT.