Are you planning to visit the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam? As media partner of the festival we would like to introduce you the city from an architectural point of view and our selection of the best modern architecture in Amsterdam you can visit.

Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin around a dam in the river Amstel.  Its origins lie in the 12th century.
Originating as a small fishing village Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade.

Amsterdam is all about practical urban planning, amazing cycling infrastructure, tulip-lined canal bridges and old merchant houses tilt at impossible angles. The oldest building in Amsterdam is the Oude Kerk consecrated in 1306. In the old part of city center buildings were constructed in the architectural style of the Renaissance.

Amsterdam quickly developed its own Renaissance architecture according to the principles of the architect Hendrick de Keyser. French style, Neo gothic, Jugendstil and Art Nouveau have followed until the beginning of the 20th century where Art deco and the Amsterdam School (1910 – 1930) imposed a building code.

Modern architecture in Amsterdam and generally in the Netherlands (in Rotterdam and in Delft mostly) after 1990 is one of the most interesting in the world. Interesting realizations include Silodam, the New Islands (Borneo, Java, Sporenburg, KNSM), IJburg. Many Dutch architects who recognized abroad have their works here, including star architect Rem Koolhaas, Wiel Arets, Benthem & Crouwel, MVRDV, Ben van Berkel, Ton Alberts de Architekten Cie, Hans van Heeswijk Architects, West 8, to quote a few. Foreign architects include Renzo Piano, Delugan Meissl Associated Architects, Steven Holl, Sven-Ingvar Andersson, Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz, 3XN and many others .

Here is our selection of best modern architecture in Amsterdam.
If you have any suggestions to complete the list feel free to add!!


WoZoCo by MVRDV | Photo: Rob ‘t Hart


Stedelijk by Benthem Crouwel Architects | Photo: Fred Romero


Silodam by MVRDV | Photo Rob ‘t Hart


Borneo/Sporenburg bridges by West 8 | Photo: Jeroen Musch courtesy West 8


The EYE Filmmuseum designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects | Photo Iwan Baan


The Whale, designed by de Architekten Cie | Photo: Artur Salisz


The Van Gogh Museum’s new entrance by Hans van Heeswijk Architects | Photo: Luuk Kramer


Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, or Music Building by 3XN | Photo: Adam Mørk


Hubertus House by Aldo van Eyck


Sarphatistraat Offices by Steven Holl Architect | Photo: Andrés Besomi


IJ Tower by Michiel Riedijk and Willem Jan Neutelings | Photo: Fred Romero


the Double by WAA Wiel Arets Architects | Photo: Jan Bitter

The nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel by OMA, located in Amsterdam’s Zuidas Business district, will be an iconic addition to the city’s skyline soon. The 91-metre building will be the main hotel for the RAI Amsterdam convention and exhibition centre where the World Architecture Festival take place and, with its 650 rooms, the largest hotel of the Benelux.

nhow Amsterdam RAI by OMA | Image courtesy OMA

Looking forward to visit Amsterdam, discover the world’s best buildings and attend at World Architecture Festival 2018!
…and if you can’t make it we will be there for you: follow the World Architecture Festival 2018 with #architectoursWAF18


cover image photo: Iwan Baan