This is the recently completed home of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands designed by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. The project’s faceted and swooping volumes are clad in white aluminum tiles cut to geometric patterns made legible by the shadows of the joints between tiles. According to the architects, this kind of shadow play is essental to the project: “[m]ovement and light manifest themselves clearly as essential parameters for the film as a medium in the architectural production.” Locals have taken to calling the building “the Oyster.”
Inside the oyster, you’ll find four movies theaters that range in size from 67 to over 300 seats, and you’ll also find exhibitions that cover broad cinematic territory: from the most obscure to the most celebrated. The oyster joins the nearby Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision designed by Neutelings Riedijk in an impressive landscape of architectural production devoted to the moving image.