Top Amsterdam landmark's meeting rooms, co-working spaces hugely successful
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The entrepreneurial spirit is buzzing through Meet Berlage, a collection of co-working spaces, seven rentable meeting rooms, and offices in the famous Beurs van Berlage landmark building in the heart of Amsterdam. Now four years old, Meet Berlage embodies the big ideas that let the capital city of the Netherlands grow from a village on the banks of the IJ and the Amstel to an internationally renowned center of commerce.
In the hurly-burly that is modern day life in Amsterdam, you sometimes forget the treasure trove of history the Dutch capital has to offer. Meet Berlage is something of an oasis between the throngs of tourists on Damrak and in the Red Light District. It is quite special when you step through a door in a bustling area and find yourself attending an event in one of Amsterdam’s architectural masterpieces.
Named by Metro as one of the four most special co-working spaces in the Netherlands, Meet Berlage still preserves much of the design and furnishings that Hendrik Berlage envisioned when building construction began in the late 19th century. It makes the location perfect for events like product launches and seminars attended by over a hundred people, but also meetings in a monumental space for a small group of colleagues.
"There are very few meeting places in Amsterdam exhibiting such a beautiful unity in atmosphere, experience, and connectedness with the city as Meet Berlage," said Jephta Dullaart, a cultural heritage expert at Erfgoedkabinet.
Meet Berlage is repeatedly praised for its commitment to bootstrapping professionals and networking initiatives. Stroll through the grand foyer on any day of the week and you will see rows of talented entrepreneurs growing their startups and consultancies. A tour of the offices above boasts a wide range of businesses, many of which are committed to social advancement, fulfilling Berlage’s dream for the building.
Should it cease to function as a stock market, “then it can serve as a massive community center. Speaking frankly, I have always cherished it in my mind and longings; Cherished it, developed it, and thought it as such,” Berlage reportedly said in 1898.
Each of the seven meeting rooms has its own vibe, from the more classroom or presentation space styled Reading Room to the Witness Room, a well-lit and bright boardroom. The somewhat hipper space, Portiersloge, works well for meetings of about a dozen, and the lovely grand foyer can even serve for receptions or product launches.
Many of the stately rooms available for event rentals look directly upon Amsterdam Central Station, including the beautiful Raadzaal. It is a pristine gem inside this classic building, adorned with unique hand-carved woodwork designed by the architect along. The boardroom for the former stock exchange directors features the original chandeliers and stained-glass windows, as well as an early 20th century rug that Berlage designed.
“The space gives a sense of grandeur to every occasion, particularly as it has remained so well-preserved over the last century,” said Hans Huijsmans, the director of Meet Berlage. Interestingly, the space has been used as a court for over 100 years settling criminal and civil cases that take occur on Dutch ships and waterways. On hearing days, it is not uncommon to see burly seafarers stride through the building’s passages, trailed by well-dressed lawyers.
"The Boardroom is truly magnificent, and we are so lucky to be able to make this living Amsterdam landmark accessible to anyone," Huijsmans continued. “We are proud to host not only organizations, but also weddings and cultural events, in the spirit of the architect’s own wishes.”
At the end of the day, knowledge sharing in a historical place is indeed central to Meet Berlage, as the highly regarded real estate magazine Vastgoedmarkt noted. That, on its own, has to be the best way to realize Berlage’s concept of a Palazzo Pubblico in the heart of Amsterdam.
For event bookings, contact Meet Berlage at info [at] meetberlage.com, +31.(0)20.261.0903, or request a quote online.