STEDELIJK (CITY) MUSEUM AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
The Stedelijk City Museum, which specialises in modern art and design, has always struggled to find room for the permanent display of all its important works. Constructed in 1895, the museum is one of three large cultural buildings built around the Museum square in the space of a few years, the others being the Rijksmuseum (1885) and the Concertgebouw (1888). The exterior of the Stedelijk, with its upper façade and tower, is typical of Dutch renaissance style buildings. Adaptations to the 19th century interior have failed to keep pace with the museum’s growing collection and in response a new central repository was constructed and is now in use in Amsterdam West.