Office building on Stadhouderskade

Stadhouderskade 84
Hans van Heeswijk
Hans van Heeswijk architecten
Nationale Nederlanden Vastgoed BV
Tram 6-7-10, halte Weteringcircuit; Tram 16-24-25, halte Eerste Jacob van Campenstraat.
Maarten Kloos (red.), Amsterdam Architecture 1991-93, Amsterdam 1994, p.96-97.

Office building in glass, steel and concrete

In designing this office building, which has been executed in concrete, steel and glass, a contrast has deliberately been sought with the largely brick-built development of the surrounding area. The building has seven storeys and lies behind a glass facade, permitting the light to penetrate far into the building’s interior.

A two-storey entrance leads to a reception area which is situated in a light court, and to office spaces occupying the entire ground floor and arranged around a patio. The thirty-metre-high lift tower is completely sheathed in toughened glass. In his design Van Heeswijk has sought to translate the ideals of transparency and spaciousness of the Dutch Nieuwe Bouwen, as expressed in the adjacent Geillustreerde Pers building by Ben Merkelbach and Mart Stam (1959), into the most up-to-date technology. (ARCAM/BM)