NeMo (National Center for
Science and Technology)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop
If you are going through the IJ
Tunnel from the south to north, you will be going under the boat-like
green building - NeMo. It was designed by the Renzo Piano Building
Workshop for the National Center for Science and Technology.
The building looks as if it is a
giant ship docked at Oosterdok. This design seems to be inspired from the
boats, ships, yachts, and barges that dock along Oosterdok. The design of
the building is also influenced by the shape of the site; it curves with
the shape of the underground IJ Tunnel.
The building exterior is clad
with copper and with time it has turned into a green color. Since the city
of Amsterdam is relatively flat, the height of the building and the color
makes it a visible landmark.
The roof of the building is
sloped and is used as a roof terrace. There are stairways on the sides of
the tunnels that lead people up to the terrace. The terrace provides a
view of both Amsterdam and the water of the IJ. In the summer time, there
are various functions on top of the terrace with bean bag chairs scattered
around for people to lounge in.
Inside the building there is
continuous open space where the entire exhibition for the science center
and other public spaces lies.
Wilma Kwan 2003
How to visit
From Amsterdam Central Station,
it is a ten-minute walk to NeMo. Leave the station on the south side and
then turn left. You will be able to see NeMo ahead. Just go down the
street, you will pass the Botel (a boat hotel) and the floating Chinese
restaurant. Get on the pedestrian bridge ahead and you will find the
entrance to NeMo at the end of the bridge.
Another way to get from Central
Station is to walk through Stationsplein and then go West along Prins
Hendrickkade, you will see NeMo on your left. Go down and walk along
Oosterdok. The entrance to NeMo is near the end of the dock.
For admission fee and opening
hours please visit www.e-nemo.nl.
For more information about the building please visit the Renzo Piano
Building Workshop website at www.renzopiano.com.
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