EYE, the new film museum located on Amsterdam’s waterfront, will open its doors to the public on April 5, 2012. Starting on that day, visitors can watch films on the four screens, explore the exhibition area, the interactive basement, the museum store, and the restaurant and café.
The new EYE Film Institute Netherlands is located on the northern side of the waterfront, directly across from Amsterdam’s Central Station. The Vienna based firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects designed a striking complex that houses four screens, 640 seats and 1200 square meters of exhibition space.
EYE is the only museum in the Netherlands that is exclusively dedicated to film and the moving image. EYE exhibits film as art, entertainment, cultural heritage, and a conveyer of information. It offers exhibitions and corresponding film programs with a keen eye for current, historical and artistic developments, paying particular attention to yound people as well. In addition to films for children and their families, EYE organises educational programs and activities for children and adults alike.
The museum’s basement offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to search through EYE’s digitized collection in an interactive way. The museum store features a wide assortment of film paraphernalia while the restaurant and café offers a breathtaking view of the waterfront.
The new Film Institute was designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. Typical for these architects are the white facades and large windows that provide for a continuously changing light.
Being the elementary part of a film, light forms a vital part of the dynamic building but also of its content. Standing nearly in the water, EYE is a new landmark of the Amsterdam district of Overhoeks.
Inside, apart from the theaters, large spaces are provided for reunions and exhibitions. In order to defy the reverberation in these rooms, the acoustical plaster BASWAphon has been used as ceiling cladding.
BASWAphon absorbs the sound by its high porosity, but remains discrete thanks to the smooth and seamless finish. Thus all attention goes to the content of the building, but also to the grandiose architecture and spectacular vistas.
Until now the twenty-storey Overhoeks Tower on the former Shell industrial site was the only striking architecture on the northern bank of the Ij. With EYE Amsterdam now has a new landmark. Angular, brilliant white and brightly lit, it sets a visible signal. The spectacular Amsterdam film museum was designed by the Austrian firm of architects Delugan Meissl.
The sculptural, futuristic building evades quick comprehension both on the inside and on the outside. Just like the sequence of images in a film, new perspectives open up again and again.
The spatial appearance of the EYE museum changes depending on the viewer's location. The building appears at times to be more slender, higher, more stocky, more open, more closed. The dynamism of the building is continued inside with the HEWI lever door handle Range 120. The hardware, developed together with Delugan Meissl, pick up on the style of the architecture. The folded silhouette of the lever handle produces dynamic lines and flowing spatial contexts.
Futuristic design characterises Range 120. The striking style of this unusual hardware range generates an extremely appealing effect at the door. The folded silhouette of the lever handle allows dynamic lines and flowing spatial contexts to be created. The style of the lever door hand range 120 was developed together with the renowned Viennese firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.
Range 120 integrates the usually separate rose in the neck of the lever handle. Thanks to its extravagant design Range 120 has an unusual touch. The curved lever handle is made of high-quality synthetic material. A steel core inside the handle provides added stability.
Since 5 April 2012, EYE, the only museum in the Netherlands that is exclusively dedicated to film and the moving image, has been located at its new home directly on the waterfront along the homonymous river IJ, right across Centraal Station. Owing to its exposed position, it is visible from afar. The gleaming white shell that covers its angular structure makes the building stand out from the cityscape like no other, also thanks to the dynamic design language used by the Vienna-based architectural studio of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects in charge of the building project. The architects started from the assumption that film is an illusion based on moving lights. This principle was translated into architecture, so that the building itself has become a kind of screen in its own right, showing a film the protagonists of which are the light, the city and the landscape of Amsterdam.
Another special feature of the building is the arena covering 1,200 square metres that welcomes visitors who enter the futuristic building. Predominantly lined with wooden panelling and fitted with high-quality oak parquet flooring, the arena boasts an open, warm and pleasant atmosphere as well as a direct view across the river and the city. Visitors are welcomed by a pleasant ambience inviting them to stay for a while in the coffee bar, restaurant or bar to get in the mood for the show. Usually, it doesn't take long before the many seat cushions placed on the terraced stairs are occupied, where guests can enjoy a wonderful view of Amsterdam. “The spatial centerpiece of the building, the “arena”, invites visitors of the museum to stay for a while. The room's unique geometry promotes social interaction to a great extent”, Roman Delugan points out. The STARBRICK installation contributes significantly to this effect. STARBRICK is a Zumtobel Masterpiece, a collection of exclusive works of lighting art which the luminaire manufacturer has developed together with renowned partners. The highly versatile lighting module was made by artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Zumtobel. “The STARBRICK is a space-generating lighting module. Developing it together with Zumtobel we were able to create it for everyday use and living. I’m very excited to see it integrated into a public institution. The expandable system behind the geometric design enables the STARBRICKs to grow in all directions. For the new EYE museum foyer, the bricks form luminous cloud-like structures that conjure up the atmosphere of a cinema – stars for the stars”, explains artist Olafur Eliasson.