New Design in Amsterdam
Low-key cool from the art capital of Europe
Amsterdam is a historic city that has continually set the bar for international cool. Wherever you look, Dutch design - and in particular the design you see in Amsterdam - is full of inventive ideas. The city is simply brimming with creativity, and whether you visit a bar for a lunchtime coffee or are just perusing the incredible, iconic Amsterdam buildings, the design is always front and centre of the experience. Here are some fine examples of the fantastic designs you will see in all kinds of areas in Amsterdam.
Not only does Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum hold the biggest collection of art and artifacts in the Netherlands, but it’s also a spectacular building. The museum was designed by PJH Cuypers and opened its doors for the very first time in 1885, and it remained untouched for well over a century. It was a spectacular sight as it was, but has now been completely modernised by the Spanish Architects Cruz y Ortiz. There are some huge artistic draws to explore here, but even if you don’t fancy the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, or de Wit, you will still have an exceptional time walking around the accessible garden, or just pottering through the impressive Golden Age gateways.
The Roest area mixes the old, traditional, industrial Amsterdam with the ultimate in modern lifestyle. Simply walk around the waterside and you will be taken in by the quaint old structures, while at the same time be able to experience cafes, bars, music venues and even super cool film screenings during the summer months.
If you want to see an example of the future of Amsterdam design, make sure you check out The Stedelijk Museum. It’s an incredible sight, with an other-worldly extension that is shaped a little like a bath. On the inside, there are some incredible pieces, including works from the likes of Picasso and Matisse.
The Eye Film Institute
Head towards the IJpromenade in Amsterdam, and it won’t be long before you feast your eyes on the EYE Film Institute. And don’t be surprised if it makes you feel like you are hallucinating. The strange slopes and silhouettes of the building make it look like it is moving, and it’s a spectacular example of modern architecture done right. Plus, of course, once you get inside you will be able to scour one of the largest archives of cinema in the Netherlands, and take your pick from a variety of different movie theatres.
Finally, if you haven’t visited Amsterdam for a while, you may have missed the Beurspassage. It’s a recent addition to the city and well worth a visit. On the face of things, it’s just a passageway that links Nieuwendijk Street and Damrak Avenue. But take a walk down it, and you will find an incredibly beautiful place with gold chandeliers, Italian glass mosaics, and superb design.