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NEMO Amsterdam, Dutch Science Centre, Netherlands

Copper Benelux

The figurehead of Amsterdam, clad in pre-patinated copper.

Renzo Piano drew the first outline sketches for the New Metropolis in a Genoveese café in 1990.  The building is now a part of the harbour, but not of the city, according to Piano.  The tall north facing façade of the building is clad in ‘green’ pre-patinated copper, leading one to think of a ship at its mooring.  The IJ tunnel drops down, below ground as the building starts to rise, providing a 'reflection'.  When approached, or viewed, from the water, the New Metropolis (NEMO) takes on the role of a figurehead for the city.

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Building

Completion date: 
1997
Country: 
Netherlands
Zip code: 
1011 vx
City: 
Amsterdam
Street: 
Ooosterdok 2
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Facades
Facades/Part seams
Type of building: 
Public square, park
Cultural
National monuments
Copper used: 
Pre-patinated
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Renzo Piano Genua , Italy

Copper contractors

Title: 
Kubi dakbedekkingen BV uit DiemenRenzo

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Nick Hay

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