WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring IMAGES Frans Hanswijk VIDEO via Arttenders on YouTube
Architecture firms RAMSA and Rijnboutt are behind an exciting redevelopment project in Amsterdam called Nowadays.
As part of this project, they collaborated with artists Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem to transform Damrak’s Beurspassage into a striking work of art, entitled Amsterdam Oersoep.
The 450 m2 ceiling, which depicts symbolic scenes that reference Amsterdam’s famed canals, are made up of more than one million glass mosaic tiles.
Seven gilded chandeliers, made from recycled bicycle parts, referencing another Amsterdam tradition, line the ceiling. Covered in handmade tiles, large mirrors and 14 stained glass lamps, inspired by traditional portal lamps, the walls are a further celebration of water, together with the Italian Terrazzo flooring.
Browse the gallery above and watch the video below to get a closer look at this magical space.