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Amsterdam City Guide: 25 Places to See in the Capital of The Netherlands

Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Its origins lie in the 12th century, when fishermen living along the banks of the River Amstel built a bridge across the waterway near the IJ, then a large saltwater inlet. Most of the city’s territory is below sea level and therefore it lies on land that has been reclaimed from the water.

Amsterdam is all about practical urban planning, amazing cycling infrastructure, tulip-lined canal bridges and old merchant houses that tilt at impossible angles. I visited Amsterdam again last year and discovered some new places.

Cedar ING Offices / Benthem Crouwel Architects + HofmanDujardin

© Jannes Linders © HofmanDujardin, photographer Matthijs van Roon © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders + 39

Rubber Skin Buildings: A Malleable, Seamless Architecture

For the most part, rubber isn’t considered a conventional building material – at least not to the same extent that materials like wood, concrete, or glass are. But rubber is commonly used in interiors for flooring of extraordinary color or brightness, and even more unexpectedly for exterior facades with unique aspects or upholstery effects. This functionality is motivated by unique advantages such as smoothness, elasticity, durability, and color consistency.

Dapstudio’s Music Center Theater Teca. Image © Filippo Romano Benthem Crouwel Architects’ Rubber Holiday Home. Image © Jannes Linders Lenne Office / Kamp Arhitektid. Image © Terje Ugandi Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Stefan Tuchila + 18

100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

Benthem Crouwel Designs the Netherlands’ Most Sustainable Office Renovation

Dutch firm Benthem Crouwel Architects have transformed an office building in Amsterdam into the most sustainable renovated property in the Netherlands. Now the new head office for the Dutch Charity Lotteries, the building received BREEAM Outstanding rating for its sustainable design. The adaptive reuse features a series of slender, tree-shaped columns that support an iconic roof with nearly 7,000 polished aluminum leaves.

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Goede Doelen Loterijen & Dutch Charity Lotteries Head Offices / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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House of Province / Team V Architecture

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15 Innovative Pedestrian Bridges (And Their Construction Details)

Cortesía de RO&AD Architecten
Cortesía de RO&AD Architecten

Cortesía de DVVD Engineers Architects Designers Cortesía de Mark Thomas Architects Cortesía de VAUMM Cortesía de cepezed + 32

There has been increasing awareness in recent years of the importance of infrastructure for pedestrians. These additions to the urban environment improve the quality of cities by connecting spaces and shortening travel distances, and their introduction can be beneficial not only to pedestrians but also to cyclists seeking a more environmentally friendly method of transport. In order to encourage the use of pedestrian infrastructure, here we present 15 footbridges, alongside their construction details, to showcase innovative solutions in terms of materials, forms, and structures.

Datacenter AM4 / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

13 Inspiring Architectural Projects for Bicycles

Nowadays bicycles are not only used for sports or as a recreational activity, as more and more people are choosing bicycles as their main means of transportation.

Architecture plays a fundamental role in promoting the use of bicycles, as a properly equipped city with safe bicycle lanes, plentiful bicycle parking spots, and open areas to ride freely will encourage people to use their cars much less.

Moreelse Bridge / cepezed

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Architects: cepezed
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Utrecht Central Station / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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RAI Car Park / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Museum De Pont Expansion and New Entrance Gate / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Tilburg, The Netherlands

A.S.R Headquarters Renovation / Team V Architectuur

© Herman de Winter © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders + 36

Cuyperspassage / Benthem Crouwel Architects

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Bus Drivers Building / Benthem Crouwel Architects

© Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders © Jannes Linders + 16

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015