This april, 'EYE film institute' opened its new premises on the northern bank of the IJ in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Vienna-based firm Delugan Meissl Associated Architects made a spectacular design for the building derived from the concept of film as an illusion of light, space and movement which becomes a reality through projection. Well received by the press and public. Delugan Meissl Associated Architects made a building forming a hinge between the historic city centre, the water and all the new developments in Amsterdam North. It soon to be Brooklyn in Amsterdam according to Elle magazine and the New York Times. EYE is the first major cultural institution that takes the leap over the IJ and soon others will follow is my believe.
The EYE is designed, that from almost every point it has a different view and form. This structure builds upon these parameters to create a spatial experience with human motion. Making the building a dialogue with the entire environment and is designed as a transition from the reality of the surroundings to cinematic fiction. This is ensured by the constant alternation of light, views and space for the route through the building and the time of day. Also sees Delugan Meissl the EYE as an "architectural staging of light and movement".
The foyer is the beginning and end of the journey throughout the building. Still the junction of the trails themselves a bit further away in the 'arena' of the complex. All functions are connected to this central space, with gorgeous views of the IJ and direct access to the waterfront terrace. The visitor are led from each of the four screens to the arena, where the café-restaurant is located. The exterior's geometry implies the interior's spatial progression while forming facets to introduce diverse lighting conditions. The space is also connected to the exhibition area. With large steps its generating a seating oriented towards the wall of glass windows. Spacious exhibition areas with floor to ceiling glass enclosures overlook the outdoor terrace below. Neutral colours or matte dark colours are used in semi-public spaces.
EYE is the only museum in the Netherlands that focuses exclusively on film and moving image. EYE shows film as art, entertainment, cultural heritage and works as source of information. With a keen eye for current, historical and artistic developments the produce exhibitions with film programs to supporting this concept. In addition to children's and family films EYE provides educational programs and activities for youth and adults. The basement offers the visitor, young and old, the ability to interactively through the digitized collection of EYE to go true. The most 'exciting' way to approach the building, is by ferry from Central Station and free from costs. The low speed of the boat reach the other side, strengthens the dramatic effect. EYE New location map