Waterlooplein Amsterdam – Stopera

Waterlooplein Amsterdam, Stopera Building, Netherlands Architecture, Dam Holzbauer, Music Theatre

Waterlooplein Amsterdam : Stadhuis-Muziektheater

Stopera, Stadhuis-Muziektheater, The Netherlands: Dutch Public Realm – design by Dam / Holzbauer


Date built: 1982-86

Architects: Cees Dam and Wilhelm Holzbauer

Stopera, het Stadhuis-Muziektheater van Amsterdam

Stopera, the Town Hall – Music Theatre in Amsterdam

Location: immediately south of the city centre

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Grandiose architecture, at odds with the historic texture of the city in both planning terms and in terms of materials – apparently highly praised as good new civic architecture, but the large scale feels alien when compared to the tight-knit streets and alleys that along with the canals make Amsterdam’s streetscapes so popular.

Sadly many medieval buildings were demolished to make way for the new Stadhuis-Muziektheater center. The Stopera was conceived by Viennese architect Wilhelm Holzbauer, and completed by Cees Dam.

Adrian Welch, e-architect Editor

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