Did you know that the Shipping House is the first building designed by the Amsterdam School? The project began in 1912, when architect Joan Melchior van der Meij sets out to create a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’ or total work of art – a synthesis of architecture, fine art and the decorative arts. Throughout the building, an abundance of decorative details refer to shipping and maritime trade – from ocean-going vessels and constellations to marine animals. The building was originally built as the joint head office of six Amsterdam shipping companies, opened in 1916. In 2007, the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam opened in the Shipping House.
In celebration of the Amsterdam School centenary, the Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam is offering two packages offering a glimpse of the Shipping House.
- Tour of the Shipping House, begins at 11 a.m.
A guided tour of all the building’s remarkable features, given by an art historian. It includes coffee, high tea or lunch and a free entrance ticket for a guided tour of the Amsterdam School Museum ‘Het Schip’. The tour is also available as a Sunday package for a maximum of 20 persons.
- 100 Years of the Amsterdam School package
A great way to find out more about the Amsterdam School is to spend the night in one of the luxury and typical Amsterdam School rooms. This package includes entrance tickets for the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam or the Amsterdam School Museum ‘Het Schip’. This package includes WIFI, mini bar, spa and bicycle.
For more information and reservations: www.amrathamsterdam.com/packages-nl.html