hOLAnDA-2005: the location
Posthoornkerk, Haarlemmerstraat 126, Amsterdam
The Exhibition was held at a dream location. The beautifully restored Posthoorn church, built in 1860, was open for the public for the first four days in december 2005. This location at the busy Haarlemmerstraat in the center of Amsterdam guaranteed a large audience, especially because these 4 days are the days before Sinterklaas, the popular Dutch family festivity that even gave its name to Santa Claus.
The church has been built by the famous Dutch architect Cuypers in 1860-1889 in a neo-gothic style, making use of the typical dutch pattern of yellow and red bricks in its facade and arches. The very slim building is typical for Amsterdam, as it is a city were space is scarse and very large buildings would sink away in the muddy fundaments of this city full of canals.
The church was closed for religious services in 1963 and has been restored so it houses a few companies and it can host exhibitions and concerts. The architect Van Stigt has remodelled the church, keeping its atmosphere intact, into a multi functional building after 1987.
LADF used the whole church for the exhibition, using its different spaces for different parts of the exhibition.