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De Bazel

Vijzelstraat 32
Amsterdam Netherlands

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1919
  Finished1926
Floor Count8
Basement Floors2
Building Uses
 - office
 - monument
 - warehouse
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
Materials
 - glass
 - granite
 - brick
 - concrete

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof115 ftSkyscrapercity.info
Main roof104 ftBuilding map

Description
• Architect: Karel de Bazel.
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• The architect died in 1923, three years before the building would be completed. The construction was continued and completed by his chef de bureau C. van de Linde, along with designer Adolf Leonard Gendt. The sculptures are the work of Joseph Mendes da Costa, Lambertus Zijl and Hendrik A. van den Eijnde. The stained glass windows are the design of Anthony Derk Inderen and Joep Nicolas.

• After serving many years as an office for the 'Nederlandse Handelsmaatschappij' (NHM) and ABN/AMRO Bank this monumental building was renovated by Claus & Kaan after which it became the city archive of Amsterdam.

• The concrete skeleton of the building - designed by ADN of Gendt - is filled with vowels, alternated with strips of granite. The massiveness of the building is tempered by a number of vertical jump back in the facade.

• The building is two light courts. These were originally only interrupted by a glass floor on the third floor. In the open light construction and the detailing of the exterior is the work of kinship with the American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan felt. The renovation was in 2006 the light courts again restored to its former state. Almost all the interior parts of the building, such as floor mosaics, air frames, telephone booths and the establishment of the offices, including furniture, were also designed by the Basel. Although many in the interior has been postponed, including the large conference room on the third floor has been preserved in their original state.

• The building was declared a monument in 1991.

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