International Institute for Social History
|Architect||Henk van der Leeden|
|Category||Cultuur, Kantoren, Onderwijs|
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The solid concrete building on Zeeburgerkade served as a cocoa warehouse until 1989 when the Institute for Social History moved in. Because of its solid construction, the building was ideally suited to house the institutes heavy archives. In order to make the building attractive for staff and visitors, the closed block was opened up, to a design by the architectural office Atelier PRO, by removing wall and façade sections.
On entering the building on the south side, which has deliberately been kept closed, the atrium becomes increasingly spacious and leads to a huge window with a view of Entrepothaven. Situated on this side are, among other things, the library, restaurant and offices. On the first floor, an extension for the reading room has been built on the cantilevered former loading platform. The top two storeys, which is where the repository is located, have been left largely intact.
The Pressmuseum was closed in 2017.