During your stay in Amsterdam you are obviously going for a walk through the city center. I would do so too! That will give you an impression of the characteristic look this Dutch city already has for centuries. However, time doesn’t stand still, and yet there is also more to discover in Amsterdam, for example contemporary architecture!
In the picture above you can see IJ-dock behind the historical sailing ship. IJ-dock is built in the last decade and is finished since 2013. It contains a combination of apartments, offices and also a hotel! In hotel Room Mate Aitana which is in one of the buildings of IJ-dock you can book a room (starting from price 129,- euros).
Eye film institute
Literally an eyecatcher is the outstanding building of the EYE film institute. You can ofcourse watch movies here, but you can also visit the building just to watch the building! It contains a nice restaurant and an exposition about the history of film. The EYE is built in 2012 and is designed by the Austrian architects Roman Delugan and Elke Delugan-Meissl.
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Last but not least: on the other side of the water you can visit this building. The Muziekgebouw aan het IJ is built in 2005 and designed by 3xN, a Danish architect company. It is a concert hall with a diversity of possibilities. During summertime it is also a nice place for a drink or dinner in the restaurant Zouthaven which is located at the ground floor, and to enjoy the view you have from this side of the city.
Where to find?
All this special architecture you can find easily, it is located close to the city center: just walk to the other side of the Amsterdam Central train station and you will already see the IJ-dock on your left side, and the EYE in front of you accross the water (free transport via ferries, every 5 minutes).