Sony Music Entertainment Amsterdam / Space Encounters
Text description provided by the architects. A’DAM stands for Amsterdam Dance And Music. The newly renovated ’60s icon is located on the banks of the IJ River and is home to several top nightclubs and international music companies including Massive Music, Wink, ID&T, Gibson and now Sony Music.
The floor plan places closed functions near the core, freeing the views from obstruction and allowing the concrete facade construction to claim the limelight. Particular attention has been paid to the lighting system. Above the mesh ceiling, LED strips illuminate the white acoustic spray above, creating hyper diffused light below and eliminating shadows. In addition, the core looks like the inside of an amplifier, the bar doubles as a staircase, and the vinyl meeting table is also a DJ booth.
While in the music industry work and play are closely linked, design seeks to separate the two and give them their own space. This way, one can be totally focused at work or completely relaxed while playing. The division is accentuated by creating a radical material palette: gray and green, and nothing in between.