In this inimitable René van Zuuk designed, part aluminium building, overlooking the docks of Amsterdam’s Markermeer is ARCAM – the city’s centre for architecture.
Acting as a visitor’s centre for architecture, ARCAM shows models and studies of the city’s most interesting buildings, guides and routes to creating your own architecture tours, and contains information on more than 600 buildings across the city. It also runs the excellent Crash Course on Amsterdam architecture and urbanism, which is fantastic for new visitors to the city, as well as locals who may have been overlooking the wonders of the city.
ARCAM also runs projects that reflect on current issues, and co-produces research and experiments in architecture, contributing directly to the city of Amsterdam alongside designers, constructors, and users. It’s a taste-making and defining destination, with so much information and knowledge compacted into it – it should be the first port of call for anyone with an interest in architecture.
ARCAM currently has no restaurants, cafés, or bars.
This well organised little shop offers great guides to the local architecture that are extremely insightful, as well as relevant publications on the architecture of Europe. It also holds a select few design objects, including quality tableware and homeware, artist designed clothing adorned with recreations of the city’s streets, and mini sculptures of Amsterdam buildings.
Prins Hendrikkade 600
1011 VX Amsterdam
Tuesday – Sunday 13.00 – 17.00
Bus: 22 (Kadijksplein)