The new Dam for Amsterdam

2012-2015 Liberation of the Stopera & a new Dam for Amsterdam

‘In my quest to create a modern monument I focused my research on the Stopera: an architectural phenomenon on the former island of Vlooienburg in the historical city centre of Amsterdam.  The Stopera today combines the City Hall of Amsterdam and the Dutch National Opera & Ballet (stadhuis + opera). My ongoing quest transformed into a desire to end the current pejorative ‘Stopera’ and to reveal the hidden monument in the Stopera complex, embedding it in the surrounding urban fabric.

This extensive research and analysis resulted in a clearly defined plea recorded in a 150 paged-book full of high quality illustrated analogies, metaphors, diagrams and drawings showing the potential of the existing Stopera. The book describes the spatial and symbolic relationship between several monuments of Amsterdam on different scales. The outcome is a high potential strategy to transform the 129,000m2 Stopera building into the new city centre for Amsterdam by using nearly 80% of the existing structure.’

As an archaeologist and sculptor combined, Hein van Lieshout re-evaluated the Stopera, discovering, and freeing, the Houses of Apollo and Dionysus. As inter-related planets revolving around the sun, the new Amsterdam City Hall and National House for Opera and Ballet re-emerge as Siamese twins liberated. Embraced and re-designed, the House of Apollo and House of Dionysus redefine the heart of the city.

*A short teasing grasp from the book: “The new dam of Amsterdam”:

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam book cover

1. Book-cover (limited edition of 29)

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 01 City02. Amsterdam Unesco monument related to the monumental axes & channeled river Amstel

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 02 Complex03. City Hall roof top view over the river Amstel (image Hein van Lieshout) Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 03 Strategy Fase I04. Transformation fase I Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 04 Strategy Fase II05. Transformation fase II & III Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 05 Concept Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 06 Concept06. Transformation concept: Apollo vs Dyonisos

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - 07 Model07. Discovered monuments (scale model1:500)

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam

08. Increased Waterlooplein with an open view towards river Amstel

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - intro Apollo

09. Apollo: transformation Amsterdam City Hall

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - Amsterdam City Hall - construction concept

10. Organizing principle

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - view from Amstel

10. Amstel side with visible cascade & public stairs

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - City hall section

11. Cascade construction

Architectural Things ambiguous Atrium

12. Entrance City Hall of Amsterdam with the ambiguity of inside-outside

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - the New Dam Interior

13 Public interior at Zwanenburgwal

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - New Dam of Amsterdam - Paleis voor Volksvlijt

14. Re-valued Amsterdam City Hall

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - Entrance Amsterdam City Hal

15. Revalued Amsterdam City Hall: entrance

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - intro Dionysus

16. Dutch House for Opera & Ballet: tranformation Dionysus

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - Dionysus revaluation

17. Transformation concept

Hein van Lieshout - Architectural Things - Muziektheater Schemes

18. Programm

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - Muziektheater current situation

19. Current situation

Architectural Things - Hein van Lieshout - Muziektheater future situation

20. Future

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