ARCAM WHAT IS ARCAM?
Foundation ARCAM Amsterdam Centre for Architecture was set up as a foundation in 1986 and concentrates its activities in Amsterdam and the surrounding area.
ARCAM aims to reach the largest possible public in order to broaden architecture's appeal and zeros in on topical issues and developments in Amsterdam, so that the discussion about the future is constantly fuelled.
ARCAM also has a function as co-ordination centre and works together with a large number of institutes in order to support and co-ordinate existing programmes and to initiate new activities.
Information point At ARCAM there is an information point where the public can go for information and where architecture aficionados can be directed to interesting buildings and sites in the city. At ARCAM, the public can consult a large number of architecture books, magazines, folders, sites, maps and a collection of newspaper cuttings. These provide a wealth of information for those who are interested in architecture and urban planning and can help them to find interesting buildings and sites in Amsterdam. Part of the information point is a current affairs bulletin board, with a selection of topical news and developments in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape.
Exhibitions & ARCAM PANORAMA The exhibition programme is varied and turns the spotlight on architects, buildings, urban developments, architecture abroad and themes relating to architecture. Each year, on average, five exhibitions are organized on topical issues.
The ARCAM PANORAMA is a presentation on Amsterdam architecture from the year 800 untill now.
Amsterdam – a melting pot of cultures from time immemorial – is to a large extent inhabited and designed by individuals with a different cultural background. This exhibition is the result of research into what aspects of their cultures they bring to their Dutch design practice.
ARCAM invites you to take a seat alongside nine architects who at various points in their lives came to the Netherlands in order to practice architecture. Using photographs, impressions, drawings, models and objects, they show architectural projects in which in addition to their training as architects and personal fascinations, their roots have also played a role.
There are numerous questions. What is so Japanese about Blok 65B on IJburg? And what is Portuguese about a water tower? And how does a Swedish architect design a Dutch interior?
This presentation shows that the influence of crossing cultural borders is not so apparent on the surface. Rather it plays a role in the background, in the design process and, for instance, in the handling of the relationship between public and private and the transition between inside and outside. The personal stories bring to light sharp observations of Dutch culture and building practice and are often told with humour and amazement.
Participating architects include: Uri Gilad (Israel), Lada Hršak (Croatia), Sebastian Janusz (Poland), Moriko Kira (Japan), Furkan Köse (Turkey), Felix Madrazo (Mexico) en Arman Akdogan (Turkey), Carina Nilsson (Sweden) and Ana Rocha (Portugal).
THE BUILDING ARCAM is located in the heart of the city, on Prins Hendrikkade. The building has been designed by René van Zuuk and consists of a compact, sculptural structure whose three storeys are interconnected by voids. ARCAM's office is situated on the top storey. At the level of Prins Hendrikkade are the exhibition space and the information point. The lowermost storey, on the water, is used for small-scale discussions, large meetings and for receiving school groups. The elevation on the waterside is entirely of glass. The building is clad with coated aluminium, which has been folded over the roof, right down to the ground. An unusual feature is the sculptural form of the entrance on this side.
Read more about this building in the digital Architectural guide.
A digital photo-report has been made of the construction of the new ARCAM.
Space for rent The bottom floor, the ‘Lage Kade’, of the ARCAM building can be rented for commercial and cultural events. The space is available during the day and in the evening for, among other things, meetings, book and product presentations, workshops, lectures and receptions. Moreover, the entire building can be used for photographic reports and filming.
Facilities - 100 m2 floor space
- conference seating for 20 people
- theatre seating for 60 people
- modest audio-visual equipment comprising beamer, sound system, dvd player and microphone.
- in-house caterer Hohage Maass
For quotations, reservations, viewing or additional information, please contact Marc Peperkamp.
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ARCAM is financed by:
Housing Department, Amsterdam City Council Department of Physical Planning, Amsterdam City Council Ontwikkelingsbedrijf Amsterdam Department of Welfare, the Art and Culture section, Amsterdam City Council The Fund for the Furtherance of Architecture, Rotterdam
Sponsors 2007 A+D+P Architecten Aannemingsbedrijf H.J. Jurriëns Algemene Woningbouwvereniging de Alliantie AM AMVEST ARCADIS Architectuurcentrale Thijs Asselbergs Benthem Crouwel Architekten BV bna Boer & Kroon Ruimtelijke Investeringen BV Boer Hartog Hooft borski I noordhoek I bleichrodt architecten bv Bouwfonds MAB Ontwikkeling BV BPF Bouwinvest BV Claus en Kaan Architecten BNA BV de Architekten Cie. Corio Nederland Retail BV De Key Delta Forte Dick van Gameren architecten bv DOK architecten Duinker, van der Torre, samenwerkende architecten Dura Vermeer Bouw Amsterdam BV Eigen Haard ERA Bouw BV G&S Vastgoed Geraldine Hallie Groep Hans van Heeswijk architecten Heijmans Vastgoedontwikkeling BV Het Oosten Woningcorporatie Hillen & Roosen Planontwikkeling BV Inbo Architecten Stedenbouwkundigen Adviseurs Ingenieursbureau Amsterdam (IBA) ING Real Estate Development Johan Matser Projectontwikkeling BV Koninklijke BAM Groep NV Köther Salman Koedijk Architecten Kristal NV Loof & van Stigt Architecten BV Moes Bouwgroep Bouwbedrijf M.J. de Nijs PFC2 Envelopment Rabo Vastgoed Rijnja-Repro BV Rudy Uytenhaak Architectenbureau BV Soeters Van Eldonk Architecten SV Interieurgroep Van den Oever, Zaaijer & Partners Van Gool Elburg Vastgoedspecialisten Vesteda Management BV Ymere Zwarts & Jansma Architecten
In addition, in recent years ARCAM has received the financial support of several housing associations, Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizenstichting, private enterprise (including the Nederlandse Credietverzekeringmaatschappij, Ballast Nedam Utiliteitsbouw and PTT Vastgoed) and individual donors.
Bouwfonds Cultuurfonds Drs. C. van Zadelhoff Fonds
Gemeente Amsterdam, dienst Economische Zaken Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdam VSB Fonds
Sponsors building Ahrend Inrichten BV Bolidt Kunststoftoepassing BV robstolk ®
Erco Lighting Nederland BV Goorhuis Installatietechniek BV
Hafkon BV ING Real Estate Development Opera Ontwerpers Panasonic Van Besouw Tapijt BV Vitra BV
ARCAM thanks all intstitutions and enterprises which have contributed to the new building. Those who are interested in sponsoring ARCAM can read more here or contact Astrid Toorop, T 020 620 4878.