Lead glass

The façade of the building in which Café de Ysbreeker is now located has remained unchanged since it was built in 1885. The interior though has undergone the necessary changes over the years. In 2010 a drastic renovation was done. The café now consists of one large open space. The three contemporary lead glass windows depicting an icebreaker were designed by Michiel Wijdeveld.


Etching of Herberg de IJsbreker, 1730. The IJsbreker still stands at the same location.

Favoured architect

From 1880, Adolf van Gendt was an architect in high demand. Among his works are the Concertgebouw (concert hall) and the Burgerziekenhuis (hospital), which is not far from the Ysbreker. While Van Gendt certainly was proficient in architecture, his popularity came from his modern, customer friendly way of working. He was attuned to the market, was flexible, strong both technically and organisationally, and kept to his budgets.


The current IJsbreker

The Swammerdambuurt (neighbourhood)

All over the Swammerdambuurt – the residential area between the Amstel (river), Mauritskade (quay), Eerste Oosterparkstraat (street) and the Wibautstraat (street) – are blocks of houses built by Van Gendt, for example Swammerdamstraat 49-57 and 71-73. The building plans for this area were developed by the N.V. Bouwmaatschappij De IJsbreker (Construction Company) at the end of the 19th century. Apart from Van Gendt, the well-known architects Abraham Salm and Eduard Cuypers also made designs for the historically significant Weesperzijdestrook (neighbourhood).


View of the Swammerdamstraat