Architecture

Gallery: Amsterdam's out-there modern architecture

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
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The EYE Filmmuseum designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects is the Netherlands' national film museum. Its white roof is meant to symbolize cinematography
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The EYE Filmmuseum designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects is the Netherlands' national film museum. Its white roof is meant to symbolize cinematography
Design outfit &k's Amsterdam HQ
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Design outfit &k's Amsterdam HQ
Wherever you wander, there are details to delight or surprise
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Wherever you wander, there are details to delight or surprise
The Whale's courtyard
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The Whale's courtyard
The Whale, designed by Cie – a housing development completed in 2000
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The Whale, designed by Cie – a housing development completed in 2000
The Whale contains more than 200 apartments
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The Whale contains more than 200 apartments
Python Bridge, designed by West 8, won the International Footbridge Award in 2002
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Python Bridge, designed by West 8, won the International Footbridge Award in 2002
Python Bridge, designed by West 8, won the International Footbridge Award in 2002
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Python Bridge, designed by West 8, won the International Footbridge Award in 2002
Designed by  VMX Architecten, Fietsflat is a free-to-use three-storey bicycle park
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Designed by  VMX Architecten, Fietsflat is a free-to-use three-storey bicycle park
Designed by  VMX Architecten, Fietsflat is a free-to-use three-storey bicycle park
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Designed by  VMX Architecten, Fietsflat is a free-to-use three-storey bicycle park
The swings at the top of A'DAM Lookout are the highest in Europe
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The swings at the top of A'DAM Lookout are the highest in Europe
Facade detail of the EYE Filmmuseum – Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. The facade is designed to reflect the changing light in interesting ways – a reference to film itself
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Facade detail of the EYE Filmmuseum – Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. The facade is designed to reflect the changing light in interesting ways – a reference to film itself
ARCAM, by René van Zuuk Architekten, is Amsterdam's center for architecture
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ARCAM, by René van Zuuk Architekten, is Amsterdam's center for architecture
NEMO Science Museum designed by Renzo Piano is designed to appear as if its rising out of the water
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NEMO Science Museum designed by Renzo Piano is designed to appear as if its rising out of the water
Stepping off the beaten track is almost always rewarding
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Stepping off the beaten track is almost always rewarding
ARCAM, by René van Zuuk Architekten, is Amsterdam's center for architecture
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ARCAM, by René van Zuuk Architekten, is Amsterdam's center for architecture
IJ Tower designed by Michiel Riedijk and Willem Jan Neutelings — an apartment building finished in cement and aluminum
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IJ Tower designed by Michiel Riedijk and Willem Jan Neutelings — an apartment building finished in cement and aluminum
The Van Gogh Museum's new entrance by Hans van Heeswijk Architects was completed in 2015
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The Van Gogh Museum's new entrance by Hans van Heeswijk Architects was completed in 2015
The Van Gogh Museum's new entrance by Hans van Heeswijk Architects was completed in 2015
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The Van Gogh Museum's new entrance by Hans van Heeswijk Architects was completed in 2015
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
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Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam – the notorious bathtub by Benthem Crouwel Architects completed in 2012
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, or Music Building on the IJ designed by Danish architects 3XN. The concern hall opened in 2005
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Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, or Music Building on the IJ designed by Danish architects 3XN. The concern hall opened in 2005
A map of some of Amsterdam's modern architecture highlights
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A map of some of Amsterdam's modern architecture highlights

Last month, New Atlas took the opportunity to explore just some of Amsterdam's modern architectural highlights, taking in museums, apartment blocks, bridges and bicycle parks along the way. We've put together a gallery of what we saw in a city, perhaps the city, at the forefront of contemporary building design.

Though perhaps best known for the townhouses, merchants' mansions and picturesque bridges associated with its 17th century canals, the architecture of Amsterdam has taken on a new dimension in recent years. In the past two decades, Amsterdam has become a cradle to progressive, and sometimes challenging, modern architecture by some of Europe's most experimental architectural outfits – especially those from the Netherlands itself.

Though we covered plenty of ground, our tour took in just some of what the city has to offer, including the Van Gogh museum, IJ Tower, Python Bridge and the renowned Stedelijk Museum, often referred to as "The Bathtub."

If you're planning a trip to Amsterdam and you're interested in architecture, we've prepared a custom Google Map pointing out some of the city's most interesting sights. Otherwise, you can take to the gallery for the full set of images.

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