Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam

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The Beurs van Berlage is a building on the Damrak, in the centre of Amsterdam. It was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage and constructed between 1896 and 1903. It influenced many modernist architects, in particular functionalists and the Amsterdam School. It is now used as a venue for concerts, exhibitions and conferences.

The building is constructed of red brick, with an iron and glass roof, and stone piers, lintels and corbels. Its entrance is under a 40-metre (130 ft) high clock tower, while inside lie three large multi-storey halls formerly used as trading floors, with offices and communal facilities grouped around them.

The aim of the architect was to modify the styles of the past by emphasizing sweeping planes and open plan interiors. It has stylistic similarities with some earlier buildings, for instance St Pancras station and the work of H. H. Richardson in America, or the Castell dels Tres Dragons, Barcelona, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. True to its nineteenth-century roots, it maintains the use of ornament in a civic structure.

On 2 February 2002 the civil ceremony of the wedding of King Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta took place in the Beurs van Berlage.

The Beurs van Berlage has a café located on the Beursplein side and the tower is also open to the public.
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  • The museum is very original and the art is unlike anything I've ever seen. The art pieces are painted / sculptured on very small and unusual materials: fruit seeds, rice, onion skin, wasps wings...  more »
  • Beautiful building restaurant with drinks, but pretty standard food, and barely any choice apart from snacks and burgers. Don't expect an actual restaurant.  more »
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  • Mitigated feelings. On the one side the building is superb and one would say superbly located in the heart of Amsterdam. But as an exhibitor this is exactly where he'll starts in terms of accessibility by vehicle. Not only doesn't the place have convenient loading & offloading bays, but getting there by car is mission impossible. Parking then also comes at over EUR 55 a day.
  • I usually came for chocoa event. I always find this convention center very conveniently located near central station and trams also. This building itself is very historic and huge. They have bathroom facilities, accessible for wheelchair and prams. The guards are very helpful as well. Also there are so many resturants, pubs and bars just at the back side of this building.

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