On a recent trip to Amsterdam I came across this stunning building on Amsterdam's harbor behind the Grand Centraal Station. I was taken back by the unconventional exterior with its undulating angular cladding.
Delugan Meissl Architects, originating from Austria, say that their inspiration for the building was to create a 'psychological effect' that cinema goers experience. Space, Light and movement.
The exterior cladding reflects light in constantly changing ways depending on the weather and because of its angular qualities the shades of white change giving the building depth and a rather masculine presence.
The Interior principles are very similar to that of the exterior. The angular effects of the exterior have an obvious effect on the ceiling angles of the interior and this creates a very sophisticated tiered effect. The wooden floorboards are placed at a 45 degree angle again playing on this precedent of angular forms and movement. It is by far nothing new or has pushed architectural boundaries but it is more to do about the presence of the building along a harbor that is becoming a shrine for iconic buildings. Renzo Piano's NEMO Science Museum is only a short hop across the water and the building work going on in the area is vast and inspiring.
The Dutch have a fantastic design style that is typically bold and quirky but this building has all of that but presents itself in a subtle and graceful manner, imagine a ballet dancer elegant, soft yet surprisingly strong.... but loves a good McDonalds and that is the EYE Museum.