FRED’s office is situated in Amsterdam. In our city’s center we are privileged to develop a new construction within the monumental ensemble of Raamplein. Raamplein is located on Marnixstraat, on the edge of the entertainment area around Leidseplein.
The area, like the entire city center, is a protected cityscape. One of its most iconic buildings is ‘The Handelsschool’, built in 1901. It is designed by architect J.B. Springer and a National Monument of the first order.
The intended construction will change the function of the location, as the site is currently in use as zoned parking. We intend to build a residential apartment complex, with a ground floor that serves a public function. The municipality of Amsterdam has granted full cooperation for this project. The entrance level will be raised to the same level as the ground floor of the former “Handelsgebouw”, enhancing the allure of the building. Besides building 10 high quality and luxurious rental apartments, the new building will make a valuable contribution to the liveliness of Raamplein due to its new public function on the ground floor.
The ground floor of this new construction will serve as a creative hub of 300m2, where young professionals can work on their projects together and make use of the several communal facilities. There will also be plenty of room and possibility for artists and specialists to organize workshops and lectures within this location. In addition, the space will be used as an art gallery. The layout of the room will therefore aim to inspire and enhance collaboration. The use of open space will be key to ensure the possibility of different set-ups, to facilitate matters such as brainstorming, consulting or just work quietly and productively.
The historic buildings of the Amsterdam city center are characterized by their verticality, large glass surfaces and the unambiguous use of brick and wood. Also, there are always small height differences between individual buildings, this greatly contributes to the charm of the Amsterdam streetscape. With the new construction on Raamplein, architect MVSA wants to connect to these characteristics in a contemporary way. The design for the facade is therefore sober and stately. Yet the materialization and detailing is of high-quality and matches a luxurious feel.