Situated on the expansive waterside corner of the Westermarkt and the Keizersgracht, the listed office building known as Huize Labor dates back to 1919, when a double merchant’s building from 1616 was demolished to make way for it. The Latin tag Labor hic omnia vicit (“labour conquers all”) is especially apt, then. The building represents the last ever design of Dutch architect Gerrit van Arkel. His legacy is well served by this classic example of the craft-centred Amsterdam School architectural movement (part of the Expressionist movement) with its expressive forms, decorative masonry and wrought ironwork.
The striking entrance, confidently capped with the name of the building and the façade’s distinctive canopied windows means visitors will be in no doubt as to where to come. Inside, a lavish lobby gives way to flexible state-of-the-art office spaces whose high-end finish complements the traditional craftmanship reflected in original wooden doorframes and stained-glass windows.
The building was always conceived as a hive of industry, and originally featured a distillery in the basement. These days there’s no shortage of drinking and dining options on your doorstep. And of course, Westermarkt 2 is a stone’s throw from the foot of the Westertoren, the 85 metre tower that’s part of the Westerkerk and one of the city’s most beautiful landmarks.
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The Collection feels like home to us. The beautiful design, the friendly hosts, the history of the building, the open spaces to collaborate and the wonderful amenities really add to our team member experience. We love it here!
The spacious meeting rooms and hospitality at The Collection were a real draw for us, alongside the building's heritage.
The central location distinguishes us from 'magic circle' firms on the outskirts of Amsterdam.
When clients enter our office space, they’re astonished because nobody expects something like what we have here, in the heart of the city. An office in the heart of the city was always my dream. It’s really important for employee branding to have a nice office space where people feel at home. The Collection could provide us with this, with the location and all the amenities that come with the membership.