BUILDINGS IN AMSTERDAM
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Sarphatistraat 470, Amsterdam
Koen van Velsen
Buildings for education
PUBLICATIONS:Archis 1992-10; de Architect 1992-11; Bauwelt 1992 p.2356; Casabella 1993-4; Architectural Review 1993-8; Jaarboek 1993-1994; J. Rodermond - Koen van Velsen, architect, 1995; S.U. Barbieri, L. van Duin
Here a former cavalry barracks dating from 1863 has been converted into a fine arts academy. Workshops and studios occupy what used to be the stalls and arena. The inner courtyard contains two new blocks of facilities including a library, an auditorium, a gallery, a studio and offices. Footbridges link them to each other and to the existing building. At the rear along the water is a small restaurant. The new additions display Van Velsen’s customary architectural complexity, yet have brick cladding so as not to stand out too much from the existing building.