We are happy to announce that Pakhuis de Zwijger is launching a residency programme with SHIBAURA HOUSE, a community platform in Tokyo, Japan. The aim of this programme is to build an international network that approaches global social issues through the lens of creatives from various disciplines, such as artists, architects, designers, city planners, cultural entrepreneurs and many more.

Starting from January 2024, SHIBAURA HOUSE and Pakhuis de Zwijger will offer artists and creatives workspace, (cheaper) accommodation and a connection with local artists and professionals as well as the possibility to organise small events or workshops. In doing so, each organisation will be a harbour for creatives in the Netherlands and Japan, opening up abundant opportunities for the future. This way, we hope to make international experiences more accessible.


SHIBAURA HOUSE is a unique building with a completely glass exterior built in Shibaura, Minato-ku, an area in Tokyo, Japan undergoing redevelopment. It is a community space, but also the headquarters of a 70-year old company. The company’s business has changed enormously to keep in harmony with the changes in the times and in the social environment. Today, it simultaneously operates the original creative business, along with a new cultural business. It focuses on creative projects that are rooted in the local community with the following vision and values:

  • To create a community so that people living and/or working in Shibaura understand one another, with various perspectives peacefully co-existing.
  • To become a platform that can take on various challenges to create a new, creative culture.
  • We are part of society. We focus on various social issues, and try to launch projects from the perspective of the people involved or affected by that social issue.
  • Curiosity-driven management. SHIBAURA HOUSE is powered by the curiosity of each and every staff member. We each continue to learn in order to progress and create new possibilities.
  • Unique ideas that only we can come up with. We don’t imitate anything else. We don’t do anything that we’ve seen before.
  • Honest, fair, and open. We treat everyone equally with respect.

Contents of the residency programme

The exact details of your residency will be up for your own interpretation. Of course Pakhuis de Zwijger or SHIBAURA HOUSE will collaborate with you to help and come to an arrangement! Read about the requirements whether your want to go from the Netherlands to Japan or vice versa:

From the Netherlands to Japan

Requirement(s): Applicants will be selected by Pakhuis de Zwijger based on motivation, variety and skill. After selection, participants require a recommendation letter from Pakhuis de Zwijger. Please contact Romy Heymans (romy@dezwijger.nl).


  • All-day access to our designated co-working space on the 3rd floor, as well as the free space on the 1st and 2nd floor.
  • A special discount for booking our event spaces (This service includes event promotion on SNS.)
  • A discount for drinks at our café on weekdays from 11:00 to 15:00.
  • Access to the private space on the 3rd floor with a unique bedroom, which you can use for a short term stay (only available for two or three days, reservations are required).
  • Recommendation for accommodations for a long term stay.

From Japan to the Netherlands

Requirement(s): Participants need to become a Relations Member first, and acquire a recommendation letter from SHIBAURA HOUSE. Please contact [email protected].

Pakhuis de Zwijger will offer the services as follows:

  • All-day access to our café-restaurant on the ground floor and, if needed, to our office on the 6th floor.
  • A special discount for booking our event spaces.
  • Discounted accommodation at selected hostels and hotels around Amsterdam.
  • Access to Pakhuis de Zwijger’s permanent network of societal and creative partners in- and outside of Amsterdam.
  • The opportunity to showcase your work in one of Pakhuis de Zwijger’s programme series and/or exhibition spaces (in consultation with our team).

Are you an (aspiring) artist or creative who wants to gain inspiration and build networks in another part of the world? Then send us an email for further application!

Please send an e-mail to romy@dezwijger.nl if you are Netherlands-based and want to go to Tokyo. E-mail [email protected] if you’re Japan-based and looking for a residency in Amsterdam.