It’s now a hotel, but what was once built as the ‘Scheepvaarthuis’ became the first example of the Amsterdamse School, a style now exactly one-hundred years old. The Amsterdamse School is a Dutch architectural style which popped up around 1910 and lasted until the 1930s. The architecture, and the movement that goes with it, are all about organic curves, buildings with complicated brick work and lots of decorative elements.
The movement had socialist ideals to enlighten the working class, which led to the creation of buildings like ‘Het Schip’ in the Spaarndammerbuurt, designed by the movement’s champion Michel de Klerk. The building is now a museum and totally worth a visit!
Yeah Amsterdam architecture!