Prins en Keizer

Location

Amsterdam

Client

BorgKey Vijzelstraat cv, Nijkerk

Year

2015

Status

Completed

Program

Offices

Photos: Luuk Kramer

Prins en Keizer

As the name suggests, this building is located between the Prinsen- and Keizersgracht. The characteristic building of Prins and Keizer was built in 1973 and designed by Marius Duintjer, also architect of the head office of De Nederlandsche Bank. The former Vijzelbank served as an ABN office and was connected through a tunnel to the ABN branch on the other side of the Keizersgracht. The ambition was to transform the building into a transparent, flexible, contemporary office, while at the same time respecting the original design of the building and its history.

The powerful façade structure, characterized by its horizontality and the large glass fronts, has been retained in the design. The original concrete structure has been exposed in the interior and a connection between the different floors has been created by means of voids. The characteristic gallery on Vijzelstraat has been completely renovated. In addition to the considerably expanded underpass of Kerkstraat, the entire ground floor has been redesigned. The renovated building, with its open floor plans, abundance of daylight and fantastic views over the city, offers a distinguished working environment right in the middle of the city of Amsterdam.

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