Waterlooplein Amsterdam, Stopera Building, Netherlands Architecture, Dam Holzbauer, Dutch Music Theatre

Waterlooplein Amsterdam : Stadhuis-Muziektheater

Stopera, Stadhuis-Muziektheater, The Netherlands: Dutch Public Realm design by Dam / Holzbauer

Date built: 1982-86

Architects: Cees Dam and Wilhelm Holzbauer

Stopera, het Stadhuis-Muziektheater van Amsterdam

Stopera, the Town Hall – Music Theatre in Amsterdam

Location: immediately south of the city centre

Waterlooplein Amsterdam, Stopera Building
photograph © Adrian Welch

20 Apr 2007


Grandiose architecture, at odds with the historic texture of the city in both planning terms and in terms of materials – apparently highly praised as good new civic architecture, but the large scale feels alien when compared to the tight-knit streets and alleys that along with the canals make Amsterdam’s streetscapes so popular.

Waterlooplein Development Waterlooplein Amsterdam
photos © Adrian Welch

Sadly many medieval buildings were demolished to make way for the new Stadhuis-Muziektheater center. The Stopera was conceived by Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer, and completed by Cees Dam.

Adrian Welch, e-architect Editor

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Location: Waterlooplein Amsterdam, The Netherlands, western Europe

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Diamond Exchange
Design: ZJA
Diamond Exchange Amsterdam building
photo © Capital C Amsterdam
Diamond Exchange, Capital C Amsterdam
The Diamond Exchange, Capital C Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been awarded with a prestigious MIPIM Award 2020 for ‘Best Refurbished Building’ at the Paris Real Estate Week. The historical building, designated as  a national monument, has undergone a major renovation designed by the architectural office ZJA in collaboration with Heyligers design + projects.

Café de Parel
Interior Design: Ninetynine
Cafe de Pare Westerstraat Amsterdam
photograph : Ewout Huibers
The Pearl Café on Westerstraat
Café de Parel was originally a typical Amsterdam ‘brown bar’ with an old-fashioned dark interior and low lighting. The traditional stained-glass windows and monumental tile tableaus create the perfect setting for the new Parel.

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Restaurant Felix
Design: i29 interior architects
Restaurant Felix architecture
photograph : Ewout Huibers
Restaurant Felix Interior

Karavaan, Kwakersplein, Amsterdam West
Design: Studio Modijefsky
Karavaan Restaurant Kwakersplein
photograph : Maarten Willemstein
Karavaan Restaurant in Kwakersplein

Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center Design
Design: Wiegerinck
Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center Building
photo © William Moore
Amsterdam UMC Imaging Center Building

ING Cedar Bank HQ, Cumulus Park, Amsterdam Zuidoost
Design: Benthem Crouwel Architects and HofmanDujardin
ING Cedar Bank HQ
photo © Jannes Linders
ING Cedar Bank HQ in Cumulus Park

Mahler 4 Office Tower building

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