Grand Hotel Amrath Amsterdam
|Address||Prins Hendrikkade 108-114|
|Architect||J.M. van der Mey|
|Accessible||Vijf minuten lopen vanaf Centraal Station Amsterdam|
|More||M. Casciato, De Amsterdamse School, Rotterdam 1996; Maaike Behm, Maarten Kloos, 25 Buildings you should have seen, Amsterdam, Amsterdam 2002; Hilde de Haan e.a., Amsterdamse gebouwen, Amsterdam 1981.|
The Scheepvaarthuis – an office building, originally for six shipping companies – is built on the site where, in 1595, the first Dutch East Indies voyage began.
The prestigious Gesamtkunstwerk is an early example of the Amsterdam School. The building is supported by a concrete frame but owes its power of expression to the expressive brick façade. Van der Mey collaborated on the building with colleagues such as De Klerk, Kramer and the Van Gendt brothers, and with a number of artists including Hildo Krop. Numerous symbols, executed in expensive terracotta, granite, exotic hardwood and marble, refer, both inside and out, to shipping. In the interior, the hall and the staircase in particular are noteworthy.