Mark A-to-Z: X is for XXX

AMSTERDAM – When it comes to XXX, get your head out of the gutter and let Mark take you around the lovely city of Amsterdam – home to Frame Publishers. Although perhaps not the first city to come to mind when thinking of Dutch contemporary architecture, Amsterdam's architecture is expansive and prolific. From the northern part of the city to the growing neighbourhood of IJburg, from boathouses to global headquarters, Amsterdam isn’t confined to its scenic canals. Here are five projects that highlight the dynamic nature of the City of Sin.

LED Cloud by Sophie Valla Architects
Photo by Marcus Koppen

A permanent light installation is the main feature of two refurbished 1980s gas stations.



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MVSA designs European HQ for fashion giant as a shining beacon in the harbour
Photo MVSA Architects/Albert Bakker/Ronald Rilleman

The new European headquarters for Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger has docked in the former 'port-turned-creative hub' district of Houthavens in the Dutch capital.



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ANA Architecten convinces a boat to become a house
Photo Luuk Kramer

ANA Architecten appropriated a Belgian cargo boat and created an idyllic family boathouse.



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Wiel Arets Architects uses mirrored elements to reflect the fluctuations of the water

Photo Jan Bitter

Amongst the restorations and extensions to the Dutch capital's main train station, the IJ Hall sits under a canopy at the northern-most point of the building.



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Moke Architecten colours Amsterdam Noord with playful IKC Zeven Zeeën
Photo Moke Architeckten / Thijs Wolzak

Local Amsterdam office Moke Architecten places an extravagant elementary school into a pre-gentrified district of Amsterdam Noord.



You can see all of our previously featured Amsterdam projects here.

Billboard: POSITIONINGS AG
Billboard: POSITIONINGS AG

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