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Felix Meritis Amsterdam

The Society House of Felix Meritis has been an icon in Amsterdam. Founded in 1788, it was a place for the avant-garde in physics, trade, music and painting; a house for the exchange of ideas, business concepts, arts and ideals. Together with experienced entrepreneur Paul van Katwijk and young entrepreneur agency AimForTheMoon, we proposed to revalue this tradition for the 21st century and re-install Felix Meritis as the public house for multidisciplinary invention in Amsterdam. The spatial concept of the refurbishment builds on, on the past: the building has been subject of continuous change, but always holding on to the concept... Read More

The Society House of Felix Meritis has been an icon in Amsterdam. Founded in 1788, it was a place for the avant-garde in physics, trade, music and painting; a house for the exchange of ideas, business concepts, arts and ideals. Together with experienced entrepreneur Paul van Katwijk and young entrepreneur agency AimForTheMoon, we proposed to revalue this tradition for the 21st century and re-install Felix Meritis as the public house for multidisciplinary invention in Amsterdam.

The spatial concept of the refurbishment builds on, on the past: the building has been subject of continuous change, but always holding on to the concept of different dedicated chambers with their own technical qualities and atmosphere. The chambers will be transformed to house the contemporary disciplines: visual digital media, information library, business salon, open-lecture stage, co-working, start-up studios, arts…

Key for the renovation investment is a smart renovation, chamber by chamber, connected with the technical improvement for ventilation, insulation, and sound. Elaborate study of the historic details enables us to prioritize in the renovation activities.

Being something in between a public library museum and a business club, felix meritis is an interesting new typology that fits the Dutch entrepreneurial tradition.

FACTS
Location: Amsterdam (NL)
Program: Auditorium, Business club, Library, Media studios,
Offices, Restaurant, Roof terrace, Guestrooms
Client: EXCL Ventures Amsterdam
Partners: AimfortheMoon, Braaksma & Roos Architecten
Year: 2014

 

    

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