Felix Meritis

Best Project of Public Space

About the project
Felix Meritis is a unique building on Keizersgracht Amsterdam that was originally built in 1788 for a society of scientists, artists and entrepreneurs during intellectual movement «The Enlightenment». 
The new interiors by i29 are inspired by the rich history of the building. Every space refers to a specific time in the building's history. The starting point was to show diversity and to give all rooms their own identity, just as in 1788 each department was given its own interpretation. Together they form a collection of colorful and bold characters in the house of enlightenment. In contrast to the monumental environment, new interventions and finishes in the interiors are clearly recognizable as such, bringing the building to the present again. The new Felix Meritis experiments with programs for a curious audience drawing on the domains of technology, entrepreneurship, science and art. This project includes a restaurant, bar, lounge area, theatre, conference rooms and concert hall.

Keizersgracht 324, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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Applicant and authors of the project
i29, an award winning office for interior and architecture projects. In a world that becomes more and more digital, we shape the physical experiences around us; clear, effective, surprising. We deliver work that stands out for its simplicity. The great diversity in our portfolio gives the possibility to think «out of the box» and to work inclusive for all kinds of clients and users.

Other participants
Client Amerborgh / Amerpodia
Building architect MATH architecten
Restoration architect Verlaan & Bouwstra
Developer Marcia Sookha
Management B3 Bouwadviseurs
Contractor Jurriens
Interior builder Stooff
Textile design i29 & Buro Belen
Installations Huisman & Van Muijen
Installations Easy Controls
Installations Mega Elektra
Costruction SIDStudio
Acoustic consultant Peuts / Level acoustics