Amsterdam Amstel station was built in 1939 to a design by H.G.J. Schelling, architect of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), which had recently been established. The station was constructed according to modern points of departure regarding the organisation of the various traveller flows, and using modern materials such as concrete, glass and steel.
The study focuses on the different connotations of this monument, as a part of the oeuvre of H.G.J. Schelling, The Collection of NS, the city of Amsterdam and as a work of architecture and civil engineering in itself (ensemble, routing, building components, materialisation, details). This means that research should take place through the different scales into the cultural heritage value of the monument, and how to express this value in spatial terms. The result is a valuation to which concrete recommendations for the future can be added. The report provides an insight into the construction history and gives an overview of the spatial and architectural characteristics of the station. On this basis design themes to be considered in the context of redevelopment have been formulated.
In the course of the years, the design and lay-out of the station building and the railway yard of Amstel station have been organised differently, or have become worn; although Schelling’s concept remained visible, it became obscured. The challenge for the future is to bring back the station to its essence, step by step: a smooth transfer machine, designed to accommodate traveller flows, and with a sophisticated and spatial execution.
If Schelling’s logic is indeed to be reintroduced – to literally return to the building designed by Schelling 75 years later is not an option – this will result in a station which can remain progressive for many years to come.