amsterdam school

The Amsterdam School (Amsterdamse School) was born between 1910 and 1930 in the Amsterdam office of renowned architect Eduard Cuypers. Amsterdam School structures are characterised by the use of brick for structure and design, a rounded appearance, decorative masonry, wrought iron accents, spires and 'ladder' windows. The style has roots in Expressionist architecture, borrowing elements from the Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) and Art Deco design aesthetic. The aim was to create a total architectural experience, so designers paid great attention to both the interior and the exterior of each building. Due to the socialist ideals of its founders, the Amsterdam School style was often applied to housing estates for the working class, government institutions and schools. Many examples of this style can still be found in Amsterdam today.


Het Schip

Het Schip housing complex is a world-famous example of the Amsterdam School. Characteristic of this Dutch architectural style from the beginning of th...

Linneushof

The parish HH Martelaren van Gorcum (Martyrs of Gorcum) was founded in Watergraafsmeer early in the 20th century. The parish board commissioned Kropho...

Het Sieraad

Het Sieraad (the jewel), originally a school to learn particular crafts, is a striking example of the Amsterdamse Schoolstijl (architectural style). T...

Olympiagebouw

The Bellamybuurt (neighbourhood) belongs to the first city expansion of the second half of the nineteenth century. This is where the first small facto...

Tuindorp Nieuwendam

Before the Second World War, Tuindorp Nieuwendam (the garden city of Nieuwendam) was seen as one of the most beautiful garden cities in Europe. It was...

Badhuistheater

The bathhouse on the Andreas Bonnstraat (street) was considered to have the ideal bathhouse design in the 1920’s. It was the first free standing bathh...

Bureau Verkeerswezen

Traffic in Amsterdam grew rapidly at the beginning of the twentieth century. The police needed a place where they could examine motor vehicles and wei...

GVB-gebouw

Prior to 1900, public transport in Amsterdam was run by different private companies. The Municipality of Amsterdam took over these companies in 1899 a...

Coöperatiehof

Residential complex Coöperatiehof (Cooperation court) is an ensemble of three blocks of workers’ houses, as well as a meeting hall and reading room fo...