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Olaf de Nooyer
Museums and exhibition buildings
As the IJ Tunnel plunges below the surface, the roof of this science centre rises upwards. Its shape follows the curving course of the tunnel to terminate in a blunt jutting ‘prow’. The ship metaphor is enhanced by the cladding of semi-perforated copper panels fronting the toughened glass fenestration. Inside, there is a continuous open space with levels stepping up beneath the roof to contain exhibitions and other public functions. The raked roof itself is designed as a public plaza, offering visitors a wide view of ships in the eastern docks, the old town and the waters of the IJ inlet.