Some bizarre giant tigers lurking at you from the walls and ceilings, seducing water naiads and fish gazing at you in disbelief. Everything in sea colors to make you feel as if you were strolling on the seabed. Or as if you were having a really surreal dream. This is the brand new attraction of Amsterdam.
Admire the entrance
The hall is really hypnotizing
It’s really hard to believe that it’s a part of an ordinary city, not a magical dreamland
The ceilings stun you with the plenty of mosaic motives
Surrealistic Beurspassage in right in the center of the city. Its inspiration was the myriad of canals the Netherlands are crossed with. The authors of the concept are Hans van Benthem and Iris Roskam. They make it crystal clear– the place was designed to enchant tourists with its beauty.
Gold is one of dominating colors there
A sailor? An alien? An astronaut?
The works are so imaginative
The ceiling itself is a colorful mosaic made of well over a million of tiny stones. Tiffany-style lamps, made of greenish glass, add it a pinch of class and with its shape they remind you of a corn of fries and herrings, which are some of the local delicatessen.
But it is the golden chandeliers glittering all over passageway, made of parts of old bikes.
Everything together makes the place stand out from other city’s attraction and at the same time it matches it in terms of symbols so well.
It looks marvelous, especially in the evening
Is the fish scared or scary?
A melting pot of several symbols
The tiger on the ceiling is one of the most surprising elements
It all makes you think of Amsterdam – the fish, canals and bikes
It is really surprising to see where the authors took their inspirations form. In the first place they mention places of religious cult, like Lourdes in France or the Kutna Hora church in the Czech Republic.
The couple also mentions the world-famous subway stations in Moscow. That is why their dream was to create a place of similar atmosphere, with the omnipresent spirit of Art Nouveau and Art Deco.