Felix Meritis

House for the curious mind Amsterdam / Netherlands

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The unique Felix Meritis building on Keizersgracht in Amsterdam was built in 1788 for a society of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers. Commissioned by investment group Amerborgh, i29 made the interior design of Felix Meritis anno 2020. A charismatic design inspired by the rich history of the building, every space refers to a specific time in the building's history.


The starting point was to show diversity and to give all rooms their own identity, just as in 1788 each department had its own area. Together they form a collection of colorful characters. The building has been completely renovated in collaboration with a large team of specialists and advisors; new installations and acoustic facilities have been carefully inserted within the monumental shell.


In contrast to the classical environment, i29 made new interventions and finishes in the interiors clearly recognizable, bringing the building up to the present again. The new Felix Meritis experiments with programs for a curious audience, drawing on domains like technology, entrepreneurship, science and art.


Amerpodia programs four historic ‘culture houses’ in Amsterdam, including the Rode Hoed, the Compagnie theater, De Nieuwe Liefde and Felix Meritis. Together they make a substantial contribution to the cultural and social life in Amsterdam.


The biggest challenge was to bring this classic building to the "now", not only in terms of technology, installations and acoustic facilities, but also in appearance and experience. In line with the Felix Meritis society, the new interior is progressive but made with respect for it’s history. A new chapter of the house for the curious mind.


 


Credits


Client: Amerborgh / Amerpodia
Interior design:i29
Object:Cultuurhuis Felix Meritis Amsterdam
Size:4500 m2
Architect:MATH architecten
Restoration: Verlaan & Bouwstra
Developer: Marcia Sookha
Management:B3 Bouwadviseurs
Contractor:Jurriens
Interior builder: Stooff
Textile design: i29 & Buro Belen
Installations: Huisman & Van Muijen
Installations: Easy Controls
Installations: Mega Elektra
Costruction: SIDStudio
Acoustic consultant: Peuts / Level acoustics
Lighting consultant: Lichtconsult Koen Smits
Restauration advisors: De Fabryck, Judith Bohan
Furniture: Lensvelt
Photo’s: Ewout Huibers

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    The unique Felix Meritis building on Keizersgracht in Amsterdam was built in 1788 for a society of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers. Commissioned by investment group Amerborgh, i29 made the interior design of Felix Meritis anno 2020. A charismatic design inspired by the rich history of the building, every space refers to a specific time in the building's history. The starting point was to show diversity and to give all rooms their own identity, just as in 1788 each department...

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    • Client Amerborgh / Amerpodia
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Multi-purpose Cultural Centres / Concert Halls
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