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BIMhuis
3XN

February 12, 2007 /

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Added as an extension to Amsterdam’s music hall on the Ij River in Amsterdam, BIMhuis works as both a landmark building and an exciting new public space.

The new building joins two well established cultural institutions, het Muziekgebouw, formerly known as the Ijsbreker, and the BIMhuis, at the spectacular head of the Piet Heinkade.

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There are five almost equally important facades; two facing the water, one the city and the water basin Zouthaven, one the neighboring hotel and the suspended plaza, and the roof which is highly visible from the adjacent hotel and from the large cruise ships docking at the pier from time to time.

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In order to achieve a truly public space, regardless of the activities in the BIMhuis or the Muziekgebouw, the building is designed as the culmination of a long public promenade, elevated two floors in order to create visual contact to downtown Amsterdam.

Wide staircases connects the promenade to the pier level and the water.

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Transparency was an important aspect of the design. Glazed facades lets in filtered daylight, softened and protected by the cantilevered roof, while electric light is consciously used to influence the appearance of the building.

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Daylight shapes the different building elements while electric lights, in the Muziekgebouw concert hall, pulsate according to the rhythm of the music....or simply support the musical atmosphere by changing colors.

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The overall layout gestures towards the IJ interacting with the different light, water, weather conditions, and the time of day.


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Drawing courtesy 3XNPlan Level 1

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Plan Level 2

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Facts about BIMhuis

Total area:

13,400 m2

Architects:

3XN

Principal Architect:

Kim Herforth Nielsen
Project Architects:
Palle Holsting
Rasmus Kristian Holm
Torben Østergaard
Ole Østergaard
Uffe Bay-Schmidt
Flemming Christiansen
Eva Hard
Troels Chresten Højlund
Poul Jørgensen

Associate architects:

ABT-bouwkunde

Structural engineer:

ABT BV

Engineer HVAC:

Royal Haskoning

Acoustics:

Peutz BV

Contractor:

BAM

Interior architects:

3XN with Christian Bauma

Landscape architect:

3XN

Artist:

Assisting light artist Steven Scott

Client:

Gemeente Amsterdam

Muziekgebouw
BIMhuis

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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