FOAM - AMSTERDAM
In 2001-2002 the former Design Institute at the Keizersgracht 609 in Amsterdam was converted by Benthem Crouwel Architects into the photography museum called FOAM. The houses of the adjacent historic buildings on 611 and 613 were made part of the museum during this transformation to a logical routing for the visitors. The museum café and the glass entrance, clearly visible from the street, now forms an attractive, inviting entrance, while inside the original spatial character and atmosphere is reserved as much as possible. The exhibition spaces are museological and peacefully shaped. A light roof covers the internal courtyard to create a large degree of flexibility, making the rooms in the back on the ground floor also usable for other purposes, such as lectures, workshops and master classes. The museum also include a bookstore, library and the FOAM Café.
Many new voids were needed in both secondary as main structural elements to make the building suitable for its diversity of functions. On some places the area increased by adding floors in existing vides. The floor levels were varied to create the necessary spaces for each function. The main structural carrying elements of the building are formed by heavy masonry walls with sometimes a thickness of half a meter in which the heavy wooden floor beams resting, with the exception of the renewed concrete basement floor and foundation piles.
as employee of Arup: project manager, structural designer and engineer from the design phase up to execution phase
exhibition spaces, entrance/ticket sales, café/restaurant , atrium, warehouse, meeting and office spaces
location : Amsterdam
architect: Benthem Crouwel Architects
structure: Arup Amsterdam