Damrak 66 before & after - BODY WORLDS

Damrak 66 before & after

Damrak 66 before & after

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With the opening of BODY WORLDS: The Happiness Project, the former American Express office on Amsterdam’s central thoroughfare, the Damrak, has been given a new lease of life after remaining unused for years.
 
Constructed in 1961, the now listed building at Damrak 66 was designed by architect Johan Hendrik Grolle. At the time, American Express wanted a clearly contemporary look for their Amsterdam branch and, as a result, the building was given an aluminium curtain wall; a feature that was then cutting-edge. In architectural terms, the building is considered a landmark of the post-war reconstruction period (1940 to 1970) due to its unusual design and high architectural quality.
 
The building’s original design has been restored and it has received a high entranceway leading into a spacious lobby. Characteristic elements of the restored design are the white aluminium curtain wall with its distinctive vertical profiling, the black, hinged windows, the aluminium shutters and the black entrance doors.