EUROPE - The semi-circular Europahal of Amsterdam RAI and the accompanying ‘Signaal’ advertising tower have been officially designated as a Dutch national heritage site.
The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands described the design by architect Alexander Bodon as a “characteristic example of innovation in the reconstruction era”.
Opened in 1961, the Europahal is the first building of the current RAI complex on the Europaplein, which added the Elicium in 2009 and will open the Amtrium this spring.
The Europahal was designed by architect Alexander Bodon, while the Signaal, designed by Dick Elffers, towers above the halls as a major landmark.
Over the decades the Europahal has hosted a wide variety of exhibitions and events and is an integral part of a RAI complex that has been visited by nearly 100m people since its opening in 1961.
“The Europahal is valuable due to its aesthetic qualities which are mainly reflected in the large amount of space and clarity, lightness and transparency of the construction,” said Marije de Heer Kloots of the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency.
“With Alexander Bodon and his successor Mels Crouwel we have invested in creating a high-quality environment for our events throughout the decades,” adds Amsterdam RAI general director Hans Bakker.
“The fact that the architectural aspect is now being recognised fills us with pride. We continue to innovate in style with the Elicium and Amtrium building positioning the RAI as a leading convention centre in Europe.”
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