The realisation of a new entrance and reception area, a new logistical backbone and the addition of exhibition rooms in the basement as well as a café and shop complement the renovation of the main public areas and multifunctional spaces to rejuvenate de Beurs van Berlage Conference, Events and Exhibitions Centre as a public attraction. Intelligently and carefully designed interventions have improved the reception area, as well as the experience, routing and functionality of the building. Modern materials and colours surprisingly and respectfully complement the architectural heritage of prominent Dutch architect Berlage.
The Amsterdam Commodity Exchange was designed in 1896 by H.P. Berlage and has been one of the most important public buildings in Amsterdam since its opening in 1903. At the request of the CV Beurs van Berlage, the national monument has now been transformed into a ‘Palazzo Pubblico’ - a contemporary conference, meeting and events centre with offices, restaurants and an exhibition space. The cramped and not very inviting entrance on Damrak Square is now lighter and more open, partly due to a new entrance section and renovation of the lobby. The reception spaces have been redesigned, the routing has been improved and lettering has been added to the façade. New staircases and lifts have been integrated, the systems technology has been restructured and a logistical backbone has been introduced.