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.


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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Zwanenplein

During the First World War, the first terraced houses were built in the fields to the north of the IJ River, currently the Vogelbuurt (neighbourhood)....

Amsterdam School

Wandering through the city, touches of Renaissance and Art Deco design are evident in Amsterdam's beautiful architecture. But it's the intricate brick...

What is the Amsterdam School?

Find out about all about the Amsterdam School architectural movement including its roots and origins, how to recognise an Amsterdam School monument an...
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Museum Het Schip

Oostzaanstraat 45
1013 WG AMSTERDAM
Museum Het Schip explores the Amsterdam School style of architecture in its social, political and artistic context. The museum is ...

Willem de Zwijgerkerk

Olympiaweg 14
1076 VX AMSTERDAM
The monumental Willem de Zwijgerkerk (church) in the district of Amsterdam Zuid was built in 1930 in the “Amsterdamse School” styl...

Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House)

Prins Hendrikkade 108-114
1011 AK AMSTERDAM
The Scheepvaarthuis (Shipping House) is considered a masterpiece of the “Amsterdamse School” architectural style. It was built bet...