Beurs van Berlage

Coordinates: 52°22′30″N 4°53′47″E / 52.37500°N 4.89639°E / 52.37500; 4.89639
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Beurs van Berlage
Beurs van Berlage, 2004
Sculptural panel on the top of entrance
Charging Bull on Beursplein in Amsterdam.

The Beurs van Berlage (literally Berlange's fair) is a building on the Damrak, in the centre of Amsterdam. It was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage and constructed between 1896 and 1903. It influenced many modernist architects, in particular functionalists and the Amsterdam School. It is now used as a venue for concerts, exhibitions and conferences.

The building is constructed of red brick, with an iron and glass roof, and stone piers, lintels and corbels. Its entrance is under a 40-metre (130 ft) high clock tower, while inside lie three large multi-storey halls formerly used as trading floors, with offices and communal facilities grouped around them.

The aim of the architect was to modify the styles of the past by emphasizing sweeping planes and open plan interiors. It has stylistic similarities with some earlier buildings, for instance St Pancras station and the work of H. H. Richardson in America, or the Castell dels Tres Dragons, Barcelona, by Lluís Domènech i Montaner. True to its nineteenth-century roots, it maintains the use of ornament in a civic structure.

On 2 February 2002 the civil ceremony of the wedding of King Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta took place in the Beurs van Berlage.

The Beurs van Berlage has a café located on the Beursplein side and the tower is also open to the public.

Further reading[edit]

  • Singelenberg, Pieter (1972). H.P. Berlage. Idea and Style. The Quest for Modern Architecture. Utrecht: Haentjens Dekker & Gumbert. OCLC 495827.
  • Polano, Sergio (2002) [First published 1988]. Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Milan: Electa Architecture. ISBN 9781904313113. OCLC 53021824.

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52°22′30″N 4°53′47″E / 52.37500°N 4.89639°E / 52.37500; 4.89639