Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full"

00:00 - 13 August, 2014
Amsterdam is "Dirty, Filthy, and Too Full", Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Dutch Canal Houses. Image © James Taylor-Foster

Wim Pijbes, director of Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum, has declared in an open letter to the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad that the Dutch capital is "dirty, filthy, and too full." Complaining primarily about the culture of short-stay accommodation, segways, scooters and canal cruisers in the historic heart of the city, he argues that "the charm and spirited character has long since faded." Amsterdam, an apparent magnet for those who enjoy an "anything-goes atmosphere," faces an uphill battle in order to remold a dwindling reputation.

Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design

01:00 - 1 August, 2014
Apartment in Amsterdam / MAMM Design, © Takumi Ota
© Takumi Ota
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Akira Mada, Maya Mada
  • Area

    133.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota +15

Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism

01:00 - 4 June, 2014
Superheroes Hideout / Simon Bush-King Architecture & Urbanism, © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Simon Bush-King, Joti Weijers-Coghlan, Sarah Rowlands, Angel Sanchez Navarro, Pilar Nobio, Paco Pomares , Pamplona, CNC
  • Area

    480.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +15

Art’otel / ADP Architects

01:00 - 27 May, 2014
Art’otel / ADP Architects, © Gerard van Beek
© Gerard van Beek
  • Architects

  • Location

    Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Wim Woensdregt, Erikjan Cuperus
  • Interior Architecture

    Digital Space
  • Area

    6500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek © Gerard van Beek +22

Public Library Amsterdam / Jo Coenen & Co Architekten

01:00 - 14 May, 2014
Public Library Amsterdam  /  Jo Coenen & Co Architekten, © Arjen Schmitz
© Arjen Schmitz

Jo Coenen & Co Amsterdam Public Library

Parkrand / MVRDV

01:00 - 1 May, 2014
Parkrand / MVRDV, © Rob't Hart
© Rob't Hart

“Buurt 9” (Neighbourhood 9) forms part of the garden cities west of Amsterdam. It consists of 174 standard small housing units, located in three L-shaped buildings and positioned next to a small park.

Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On

01:00 - 15 April, 2014
Rijksmuseum Revisited: The Dutch National Museum One Year On, Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster
Atrium, April 2014. Image © James Taylor-Foster

The Rijksmuseum, which reopened last year after a decade of restoration and remodelling, is a museum dedicated to “the Dutchness of Dutchness.” Pierre Cuypers, the building's original architect, began designing this neogothic cathedral to Dutch art in 1876; it opened in 1885 and has stood guard over Amsterdam's Museumplein ever since.

Over the centuries, the building suffered a series of poorly executed 'improvements': intricately frescoed walls and ceilings were whitewashed; precious mosaics broken; decorative surfaces plastered over; and false, parasitic ceilings hung from the walls. Speaking in his office overlooking the Rijksmuseum’s monumental south west façade, Director of Collections Taco Dibbits noted how the most appalling damage was incurred during the mid-20th century: “everything had been done to hide the original building […but] Cruz y Ortiz [who won the competition to redesign the Rijks in 2003] embraced the existing architecture by going back to the original volumes of the spaces as much as possible.” 

For Seville-based Cruz y Ortiz, choosing what to retain and what to restore, what to remodel and what to ignore were, at times, difficult to balance. Cruz y Ortiz found their answer in the mantra: 'Continue with Cuypers'. They threw the original elements of the building into relief but did not act as aesthetes for the 'ruin'. In contrast to David Chipperfield and Julian Harrap's restoration of Berlin's Neues Museum, for instance, Cruz y Ortiz rigorously implemented a clean visual approach that favoured clarity over confusion. What is original, what is restored, and what is new mingle together in a melting pot of solid, understated architectural elements. Sometimes this approach contradicted Cuyper's original intentions; however, more often than not it complements them in a contemporary way.

Courtesy of Rijksmuseum. Image © John Lewis Marshall Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Great Hall. Image © Jannes Linders Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Gallery of Honour. Image © Iwan Baan Courtesy of Rijksmuseum / Cuyper's Library Restored. Image © Iwan Baan +39

KPN Dutch Telecom Company / de Jong Gortemaker Algra Architects

01:00 - 7 April, 2014
© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

© Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +16

Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots

01:00 - 4 April, 2014
Villa Kavel 01 / Studioninedots, © Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects in Charge

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut en Metin van Zijl.
  • Area

    379.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers +43

First 3D Printed House to Be Built In Amsterdam

00:00 - 2 April, 2014

“The building industry is one of the most polluting and inefficient industries out there,” Hedwig Heinsman of Dus Architects tells The Guardian's Olly Wainwright, “With 3D-printing, there is zero waste, reduced transportation costs, and everything can be melted down and recycled. This could revolutionise how we make our cities.”

Working with another Dutch firm, UltimakerDus Architects have developed the KamerMaker (Room Maker), a 3D Printer big enough to print chunks of buildings, up to 2x2x3.5 meters high, out of hotmelt, a bio-plastic mix that's about 75% plant oil. The chunks can then be stacked and connected together like LEGO bricks, forming multi-story homes whose designs can be adapted according to users' needs/desires. For Dus' first project, they've taken as inspiration the Dutch canal house, replacing hand-laid bricks with, in Wainwright's words, "a faceted plastic facade, scripted by computer software."

G-Star RAW HQ / OMA

01:00 - 31 March, 2014
G-Star RAW HQ / OMA, Courtesy of OMA - G-Star
Courtesy of OMA - G-Star
  • Architects

  • Location

    Joan Muyskenweg 39, 1099 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Rem Koolhaas, Reinier de Graaf, Ellen van Loon
  • Current Team (construction + interiors)

    Katrien van Dijk (project leader), Tjeerd van de Sandt, Saskia Simon, Marina Cogliani, Jung-Won Yoon
  • Area

    19000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Courtesy of OMA - G-Star

Courtesy of OMA - G-Star Courtesy of OMA - G-Star Courtesy of OMA - G-Star Courtesy of OMA - G-Star +26

Google Amsterdam / DDOCK

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Google Amsterdam  / DDOCK , © Alan Jensen
© Alan Jensen
  • Architects

  • Location

    1082 MD Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen © Alan Jensen +8

AD Interviews: Ben van Berkel, UNStudio on London's Canaletto Tower

01:00 - 1 January, 2014
Ben van Berkel. Image © Inga Powilleit
Ben van Berkel. Image © Inga Powilleit

ArchDaily recently spoke to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal architect at UNStudio, an international network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure based in the Netherlands. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK.

VIDEO: Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

00:00 - 27 December, 2013

Bunker 599, one of 700 secret bunkers that were used to weaponize artificial hydrology in during the 19th century (see: New Dutch Waterline), recently underwent a radical transformation. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, sliced through the seemingly indestructible bunker to link visitors to an existing network of footpaths, create a publicly accessible attraction to those revisiting the NDW, and form a dramatic connection with the flooded plains that were altered more than 200 years ago.

The video above takes you through the process of altering the concrete monolith, ending with film of the stunning result that has been attracting thousands of daily visitors since its completion. To learn more about the project, follow this link.

Pilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / Studioninedots

01:00 - 13 December, 2013
Pilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / Studioninedots, © Peter Cuypers
© Peter Cuypers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Zeeburgereiland en Nieuwe Diep, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
  • Project Team

    Daniel Aw, Jarno van Essen, Monika Pieroth, Eliano Felício, Pedro Piernas
  • Contractor

    Verlaat Uden Bouwsystemen
  • Area

    2400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers © Peter Cuypers +27

Het Bushok / Borren Staalenhoef Architecten

01:00 - 27 November, 2013
© Pieter Kers
© Pieter Kers
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    K.J. Borren, A.J. Staalenhoef
  • Client

    Claartje Borren
  • Area

    48.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

© Pieter Kers © Pieter Kers © Pieter Kers © Pieter Kers +13

Laan van Spartaan / DP6 Architectuurstudio

00:00 - 25 November, 2013
© Marcel van der Burg
© Marcel van der Burg
  • Architects

  • Location

    Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Design Team

    Chris de Weijer, Robert Alewijnse, Richelle de Jong, Björn Bleumink, Harrie Hupperts, Ines van Binsbergen, Carolina Sumares, Job van Stralen, Rik den Heijer, Rosanne van Yperen
  • Area

    15730.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

© Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg © Marcel van der Burg +10

CK Office / Claus en Kaan Architecten

01:00 - 13 November, 2013
CK Office / Claus en Kaan Architecten, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters
  • Architects

  • Location

    IJburg, 1087 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architect in Charge

    Felix Claus, Dick van Wageningen
  • Design Team

    Marc van Broekhuijsen, Jante Leupen, Joost Mulders, Roland Rens, Romy Schneider, Surya Steijlen, James Webb
  • Area

    3000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2007
  • Photographs

© Luuk Kramer © Christian Richters © Christian Richters © Christian Richters +14