architecture

Amsterdam architecture varies wildly but is always distinctive. The city’s most notable icons are its canal-side properties, evolving since the 17th century. But this creative city showcases some impressive modern architecture, too, from the glass towers of the Zuidas to Science Center NEMO and the transformation of the Overhoeks Tower by the River IJ.

Towers of Amsterdam

Amsterdam may not be known for its skyscrapers, but there are a few notable landmarks that soar high above the city's low rise skyline. Here's our gui...

Weird and wonderful houses

From the narrowest house in the world to a house with many heads, there are many weird and wonderful buildings to explore in Amsterdam. Read on to fin...

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...

P.L. Takbuurt (district)

The Pieter Lodewijk Takbuurt came about between 1919 and 1921 by order of housing association De Dageraad. The design is by the two leading architects...

Tuindorp Oostzaan

Tuindorp Oostzaan (garden city) was the first garden city with labourers’ homes and single family homes to be built in Amsterdam. Garden cities, an En...

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...

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...

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)....