Fascinating architectural museum
The eye-catching Architecture Centre Amsterdam (Arcam) is situated on the Prins Hendrikkade in the city centre of Amsterdam. The building was built in 1986 to serve as an information point for the public about new and old buildings. Arcam is a unique and inspiring place where architecture aficionados can find interesting information about architectural landmarks in Amsterdam.
The bottom floor is open for exhibitions, lectures discussions, book presentations and workshops. In the exhibition area the spotlight is turned on architects, buildings, urban developments, architecture abroad and architecture related themes such as fashion, design and music. All year long the Arcam Panorama is on display, a permanent presentation about the architectural history of Amsterdam.
In general, Arcam aims to reach the largest possible audience to broaden the appeal of architecture and, at the same time, zeros in on topical issues and developments in Amsterdam, so that the discussion about the future of the architectural world is constantly talked about.
Due to the fascinating shape and style of the Arcam building, it really stands out between the surrounding docks. The elevation on the waterside is entirely made of glass, while the building is clad with coated aluminium, which has been folded over the roof, right down to the ground. The building was designed by René van Zuuk, creating a compact, sculptural structure whose three storeys are interconnected by voids. The folded seam method, the use of Kalzip, created an remarkable trapezoidal building. A phenomenal information point for architecture.