Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
Amsterdam is known for a lot of things, so it might take a while for the new EYE Film Institute Netherlands to achieve landmark status in the pop vernacular, but we're putting it on our new art and architecture backpacking map. Queen Beatrix will inaugurate the new film center on April 5, 2012. Designed by the Vienna office of Delugan Meissl Associated Architects (somewhat surprising considering the numerous Dutch firms who deal in this style), the arts institution will feature four modern film auditoriums seating between 80 and 300 filmgoers a piece. There are rooms for exhibitions, a film lab, shop and café— restoration, preservation and research activities, as well as the film library will be nearby. You'll find us sunning on the terrace that overlooks the water. EYE (which has a great logo, one should note) says that it is easy to get to by car, public transport, bike or on foot—even ferry. That ferry is free, runs 24 hours, and is only two minutes from Amsterdam Central Station—making it accessible to any film or architecture buff with some time to spare. To see more construction photos, visit the EYE Flickr page.