Amsterdam’s progressive architecture scene sees the rise of HQs, hotels and new neighbourhoods
Being small, progressive and outward looking hasn’t scared away business from Amsterdam. The city’s bold plans for expansion into former docklands and wastelands – triggered, in part, by innovative technology for building on and under the waterlogged earth – have enhanced its appeal among international businesses looking for a Western European base.
Furthermore, Amsterdam’s high standard of living and ease with English have generated a Brexit Bump. The latest organisation to relocate here from London, the European Medicines Agency, is building vast headquarters in the growing Zuidas business district.
All this activity has had a knock-on effect on infrastructure: hot hotel launches are routine these days, and last year a new North-South metro line began connecting Zuidas with the burgeoning Noord area. §