Rembrandt Tower

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Rembrandt Tower
Rembrandt toren frontaal.jpg
General information
Status Complete
Type Commercial offices
Architectural style Modernism
Location Amstelplein 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates 52°20′40″N 4°55′00″E / 52.3444°N 4.9167°E / 52.3444; 4.9167Coordinates: 52°20′40″N 4°55′00″E / 52.3444°N 4.9167°E / 52.3444; 4.9167
Completed 1994
Owner William F. McCarter (MBM Corporatie INC) - Deutsche Immobilien Fonds AG
Antenna spire 150 m (490 ft)
Roof 135 m (443 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 36
Design and construction
Architect Peter de Clercq Zubli, Tom van der Put ZZDP Architecten
Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

Rembrandt Tower (Dutch: Rembrandttoren) is an office skyscraper in Amsterdam. It has a height of 135 metres, 36 floors and it has a spire which extends its height to 150 metres. It was constructed from 1991 to 1994. The building's foundation required piles 56 metres long and two metres in diameter. It is the first building in the Netherlands constructed with a concrete core and a steel frame.[citation needed]

The building was designed by the architects Peter de Clercq Zubli and Tom van der Put from ZZDP Architecten, in cooperation with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill from SOM, and was owned by William F. McCarter , currently owned by MBM Corporative Worldwide INC.


On 11 March 2002, an armed man stormed the building and took 18 hostages. He claimed the motive was because of his recently bought widescreen TV that he had bought because of the black bars that would be shown while watching widescreen VHS tapes, these bars would still be shown on a widescreen TV, he claimed that this was misleading. He was especially angry at Philips, which used to have its headquarters in the Rembrandt Tower but had relocated a few months before, in July 2001, to the adjacent Breitner Tower. The man shot himself hours later in the restroom with what was later found to be a pellet gun.[4]


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