“As many as 37 models of Amsterdam projects, still under construction, can be discovered this summer in the exhibition ‘Out of Office – Amsterdam models on a journey’, from July 21 to September 10, 2023 at Arcam. Amsterdam is developing rapidly within its city limits. A selection of scale models of Amsterdam projects showcases the transformation of former industrial, commercial, and sports areas into new mixed-use neighborhoods. In line with the city’s policy of multicentric development, areas such as Sloterdijk, Oostenburg, Buiksloterham, and Zuidas are gaining their own distinct character. Living, working, shopping, and recreation are mixed within high-density complexes.
The scale models of a bicycle parking facility and a heat transfer station demonstrate that densification and sustainability also require new infrastructure. Additionally, the use of wood as a sustainable building material is becoming more visible in the city, as shown in the scale models of HAUT, Stories, and Cooperative Housing De Warren. Finally, we present models at the urban planning scale, such as neighborhood models of Schimmelstraat and Klaprozenbuurt, and area models of Sloterdijk Stationskwartier and Zuidasdok.
The exhibition ‘Out of Office – Architectural Models on the Move’ brings the development of contemporary architecture to life. The scale models are artworks in themselves, ranging from detailed and delicate presentation models to sturdier models for community participation, and even touchable 3D-printed models. Samples of façade materials bring the buildings closer to reality. Spread across all districts of Amsterdam, the 30 scale models provide a comprehensive overview of Amsterdam in motion.”