Beurs van Berlage

Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Beurs van Berlage 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 40m 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 Crown Prince 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.

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Founded: 1896-1903
Category: Miscellaneous historic sites in Netherlands

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Joost Francien Verbaan (27 days ago)
Beautiful building fit for conferences. The beurs used to function as the stock exchange . A business invented in the city of Amsterdam. The building is placed in the straight water to the dam the damrak and was built around 1900 by the famous architect berlage. A lot of bricks are used in the building however it.maintained a romantic atmossphere
Nandita V (3 months ago)
Nice event venue, not too big but it was perfect for an intimate event we attended. It's a 5-7min walk from the Central station, close to a lot of touristy things to do in Amsterdam, plenty of places to eat outside. The interiors itself are very nice, the halls are quite spacious and well maintained. My only complaint was that one of the stairwell to the toilets below was too narrow, the steps. You have to get up and down very carefully and side ways (I find narrow steps to be quite common in Amsterdam)
Hsyn Shn (5 months ago)
You will come across this building when you start your walk from central station to dame square
Roland Yeghiazaryan (10 months ago)
I recently attended the KotlinConf conference at Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam, and I must say that the venue was absolutely fantastic! The conference rooms were spacious and comfortable, and the sound and lighting were top-notch. What I particularly loved about Beurs van Berlage was its central location in the heart of Amsterdam, making it incredibly easy to get to from anywhere in the city. The building itself is also a true masterpiece of architecture, with its historic charm. The staff at Beurs van Berlage were very friendly and helpful throughout the entire conference, and they did a great job of making sure that everything ran smoothly. The catering was also excellent, with a wide variety of delicious food and beverages to choose from.
Nicola Corti (10 months ago)
Amazing conference venue! Beurs van Verlage is conveniently located in the city center of Amsterdam, with the central station just a 2 minutes away. The facilities are amazing and the building is just stunning. One of the room on top also had decorated glass windows. Definitely one of the best conference venue I've been to!
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