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.

Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge)

Brugnummer 242 bij Amstel
1015 CX AMSTERDAM
One of Amsterdam’s many bridges is the beautiful Magere Brug, known to English speakers at the Skinny Bridge. This wooden drawbrid...

Kasteel Museum Sypesteyn

Nieuw-Loosdrechtsedijk 150
1231 LC LOOSDRECHT
After a 500 year lineage, Henri van Sypesteyn (1857-1937) was the final living testament the van Sypesteyn family; he built Castle...

De Vrijheidslaan

De Vrijheidslaan 1
1079 LE AMSTERDAM
Constructed in 1921 in the Amsterdam School style, this neighbourhood runs from the Berlage bridge, past the first skyscraper ever...

De Waag

Nieuwmarkt 4
1012 CR AMSTERDAM
Amsterdam’s ‘House of Weights’, known locally as De Waag, is a remarkable monument situated on the Nieuwmarkt.

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...

Homomonument

Prinsengracht/Westerkerk
1016 GW AMSTERDAM
Designed by Amsterdam-born artist Karin Daan in 1979, Amsterdam's Homomonument (gay monument) was the first of its kind. It was c...

Het Sieraad

Postjesweg 1
1057 DT AMSTERDAM
This historic building opened in the 1920s as a trade school for the city’s working class. Situated right at the confluence of two...

Fietsbrug Olstgracht

Olstgracht
1315 BJ ALMERE
A feather-light structure of five leaning suspension poles guyed to the span by steel cables above and below the deck. The overall...

Fort Nekkerweg

Nekkerweg 24
1461 LC ZUIDOOSTBEEMSTER
Fort Nekkerweg was only completed in 1912. Almost immediately after that, the fort was given another purpose. In 1918 it was put t...

The Wave

Koetsierbaan
1315 SP ALMERE
The scaly facades of this expressive design are made up of zinc-clad flat panels. The dwellings are arranged in 6 storeys, and app...