amsterdam: eye museum opening

© iwan baan - amsterdam's new landmark

on the banks of a redeveloped industrial zone opposite amsterdam's central station, the new eye film institute recently opened its doors. housed in a striking geometric structure designed by vienna-based architecture practice delugan meissl, the institute is an amalgamation of four dutch organizations, and aims to develop a vigorous film culture in the netherlands and foster a viable film industry both home and abroad. the building accommodates no less than four differently-sized screening auditoriums with a total capacity of 640 seats, an expansive exhibition area, a restaurant + bar and office space. eye is the only museum in the country that's exclusively dedicated to film and the moving image. the museum stages four major exhibitions a year, featuring internationally acclaimed filmmakers and artists. these shows are accompanied by film screenings and other activities, and are developed with renowned institutes abroad, such as new york's moma and the cinémathèque française in paris. additionally, eye boasts a professional education space, dubbed the workshop, where visitors can make short films and then watch the result on the big screen. a bonus for participants is panorama, a 360-degree visual 'image storm' consisting of excerpts from eye’s extensive collection, and serve as point of departure for its educational program. location: ijpromenade 1 [noord].

© iwan baan - stunning inside and out