Bringing architecture to a broad public

ARCAM was established in 1986 with the aim of bringing architecture to a broader public as well as to highlight architectural issues and developments in Amsterdam, fuelling discussions about the future (landscape) of the city. The centre hosts a wide-ranging programme including exhibitions, lectures, excursions, debates and annual events such as the Amsterdam Day of Architecture. ARCAM also awards the annual Amsterdam Architecture Prize. More generally, it acts as an information point for anyone interested in Amsterdam’s architecture. Visitors can plan their own architecture tour through Amsterdam on an interactive touch screen.

Information centre

Architecture enthusiasts who know the city like the back of their hand provide visitors with information on the city’s impressive architecture and point to interesting buildings and areas of the city. Visitors can also consult an online architecture guide and maps. The information centre has a large collection of architectural books, magazines, brochures, maps and newspaper clippings. Both their reference materials and staff can provide a wealth of information on architecture and urban planning as well as providing visitors with tips on interesting buildings and construction sites in Amsterdam. The information point covers the highlights of Amsterdam’s architectural history as well as the most recent projects.

Shop and Gallery

A wide range of publications on Amsterdam’s architecture, including city walking guides, architecture maps and survey books is available in the shop. Take a look, too, at the unique and surprising design collection, which ranges from small souvenirs to beautiful furniture designed by architects.