Name: EYE film Institute
Designer: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
The new EYE building was built to attract tourists to the Noord district of Amsterdam from the rest of the city. The institute was made for showcasing film and the art of moving image. The building houses a museum, theater, shops, and exhibition spaces, but dont call it an ordinary “convention center”. Its main squeeze is its cinematic offerings with four theaters spanning a total of 640 seats and a collection that includes 46,000 film titles, 35,000 posters and 450,000 photographs.
Delugan Meissl is known to make buildings that look like they are in motion and the EYE institute is fortunately no different. Geometric aluminum tiles were placed on its exterior that swoops over its footing, which is why the locals have dubbed the place “The Oyster”. Inside you will find very much of the same: large spaces, smooth lines and neutral colors that do not draw attention to themselves.
The EYE institute looks similar to the Opera house in Sydney in that, although it is very modern and minimal, it has a timeless look, which cannot be said about many current-day venues. These types of constructions are few and far between, and I think that Amsterdam will draw a lot of tourists to its newest attraction.