As part of this celebration six institutions organise the year of Amsterdam School. The institutions are: Amsterdamse School Museum Het Schip, Stedelijk Museum, Archituur Centrum Amsterdam (ARCAM), Grand Hotel Amrath, Monumenten en Archeologie (Monuments and Archaeology) and the Stadsarchief (city archive). The museum Het Schip opens the enlargement of the museum in March. The Stedelijk museum organises an exhibition about living in the Amsterdam School 1910-1930 from 9 April until 4 September.

The beginning

The Amsterdam School arose in the Amsterdam office of renowned architect Eduard Cuypers. Though Cuypers himself was not the originator of the style. Since the beginning of the 20th century many young designers, artists, architectures and even politics wanted to change the established order to shape society. This caused an explosion of creativity. This movement got the proud name: Amsterdamse School.

In 1911, Johan van der Mey was appointed the city’s first “aesthetic advisor”. He was commissioned to design the Scheepvaarthuis, a building that would serve as the head offices for the city’s six largest shipping companies. Van der Mey recruited Michel de Klerk and Piet Kramer to collaborate, and together they created one of the most stunning examples of Amsterdam School design. The first part of the Scheepvaarthuis was officially opened in 1916 and now houses Grand Hotel Amrâth.

With Amsterdam School De Klerk, Van der Mey and Kramer wanted to break free from the traditional architecture. This is why Amsterdam School structures are characterised by the use of brick for structure and design, a rounded appearance decorative masonry, wrought in iron accents, spires and ‘ladder’ windows. Many examples of this style can be found in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt neighbourhood.

Another example of Amsterdam School is museum Het Schip. Michel de Klerk designed the building in 1919. The building consists of 102 flats for working-class families, a meeting hall and a post office, which now houses as a museum dedicated to the Amsterdam School movement.