Science Centre NEMO

Oosterdok 2
Renzo Piano
Bus 22
Marlies Buurman, Maarten Kloos, Amsterdam Architecture 1997-99, Amsterdam, 2000, p.36.

Centre for the promotion of science and technology

The nemo science centre stands at the head of the IJ tunnel, in the heart of Oosterdok, as part of the development of the IJ waterfront in the former dockland area Oostelijk Havengebied. The building’s form has been determined in a number of respects by the location. This point is visible from a considerable distance and from several directions, so that a striking building was called for. In addition, the design had to be realized within the possibilities offered by the tunnel pier.

Piano has created a theatrical counter-form and where the traffic enters the tunnel he made an ascending roof, which functions as an urban square with a view over the city and the IJ.

In the interior, too, there is an ascending line. Open, wide interconnecting stairs lead visitors from floor to floor to the highest point in the building. Because of its form and position, the building is a landmark in the city. Its curved volume is clad with oxidized copper plates which, with their green colour, in large measure determine the exterior of the building. The ground floor is almost entirely faced with glass so that the copper volume above appears to be silhouetted against an imaginary waterline. In order to create a connection with the city, the walls on this side are clad with red brick. (ARCAM/BU)


Hours & directions

Arcam is located at Prins Hendrikkade 600, Amsterdam. Opening times: Tuesday – Sunday 13.00 – 17.00

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