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The art of architecture It is an iconic sight in Amsterdam: the red-orange public housing complex along the Spaarndammerplantsoen. Designed by famous architect Michel de Klerk, the expressionist building hosts Museum Het Schip (The Ship), which takes visitors on a journey through the art of architecture. The characteristic brick construction reveals that The Ship is a showpiece of the Amsterdam School architectural movement. Arising in 1910 till about 1930 in the Netherlands, the famous movement shaped towns throughout the country, its fantastical way of building being an unmissable staple of Amsterdam. “The Amsterdam School was a way of building that went much further than housing,” explains Alice Roegholt, director of the museum. “It was about creating a total architectural experience– something that came back in the interiors and exteriors of villas, churches, schools, and so on.” The Ship – of which parts are still inhabited – hosts a unique museum that is located in different parts of the building. The first floor hous-
TEXT: CHARLOTTE VAN HEK | PHOTOS: MUSEUM HET SCHIP
es the large permanent exhibition Amsterdam School Constructed Ideals, where visitors will vividly experience what it is like to be surrounded with the skills, inspiration and imaginative splendour of the Amsterdam School. The second floor boasts special temporary exhibitions. A guided tour takes you to beautifully interesting spots in the museum; a former postoffice designed by Klerk himself, a replica of a 19th century slum dwelling and an original museum apartment with a 1920s interior. Do not forget to head outside: the architects of the Amsterdam School also designed street furniture, which you can admire in the courtyard and garden.
Fries and mimosas in the morning The motive to start your own restaurant can be quite simple, apparently. That is what we have learned after talking to Michiel Huisman, who owns and runs Teds All Day Brunch together with his wife. “If you wake up at eight in the morning and you feel like eating fries, that should be possible, right? The same goes for waking up at four in the afternoon and fancying poached eggs. We really wanted to start a place where there is no discrimination when it comes to the menu; people should be able to eat what they want, when they want it.” Looking at Teds’ menu, it
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can surely be said that this place lives up to expectations. There are all kinds of cocktails and coffees, classy brunch food such as eggs Benedict or French toast, but it is also possible to order just a beer and a plate of fries. Huisman is right: Amsterdam did not really have a place like this until Teds opened its doors about two years ago. “We aim for an atmosphere where everyone is able to enjoy their meal to the fullest, whether they are locals drinking a cup of coffee in the morning before going to work, or tourists that order a glass of champagne while enjoying eggs Norwegian.”
The Ship frequently serves as a backdrop for cultural events: on Saturday 12 August, you can listen to Sax & the City: Ebonit Saxophone Quartet (part of the Canal Festival). Address: Oostzaanstraat 45 Amsterdam Opening hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm Web: www.hetschip.nl
TEXT: JULIËN L’ORTYE | PHOTOS: TEDS
Teds is located on quite a convenient position in Oud-West – easily accessible for all the tourists who come from the city centre or, for example, the Vondelpark. But, at the same time, its location ensures that the guests can escape the city’s hustle and bustle. “We believe that we are located on one of the city’s most aesthetically pleasing streets, mainly because of its width and the greenery.” We could not agree more. Teds is a truly great addition to the Amsterdam foodie scene. Web: www.teds-place.nl
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