Today Paul L. Whalen
of Robert A.M. Stern Architects joined Mayor Eberhard van der Laan and representatives from Bouwinvest, and Top Vastgoed to open Damrak 70
, a new retail building on Amsterdam's Beursplein. Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam, and Hans van Benthem, creators of "Amsterdam Oersoep" in Damrak 70's passage, were also in attendance. The events concluded with a reception and tours of the new building.
Sited on an important civic plaza in the center of Amsterdam, opposite H.P. Berlage's Beurs (1903), our design for Damrak 70 reinterprets Amsterdam's traditional palette of brick and limestone to present a contemporary expression that is in harmony with the building's smaller-scale neighbors. Syncopated fenestration and angled bays respond to the building's visibility across a broad plaza as well as the very acute angles from which the building will be approached along nearby narrow streets. Double-height shopfronts and an open-air shop-lined passage weave the building into Amsterdam's lively pedestrian urban fabric.
RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern
, Paul L. Whalen
, and Daniel Lobitz
led the design. Damrak 70 was developed by Top Vastgoed and is owned by Bouwinvest.