Former V&D complex
Amsterdam
2016–2018
Former V&D complex
Amsterdam
2016–2018
Transformation of the former department store Vroom & Dreesmann
Address: Rokin/Kalverstraat, Amsterdam
Gross floor area: 11.200 m2
Client: IEF Capital
Architecture: Office Winhov
Contractor: Van Wijnen Heerhugowaard
Project management: ABC Nova
Former V&D complex
Amsterdam
2016–2018

Since the bankruptcy of Vroom & Dreesmann (V&D) department store in 2016, the complex at the Kalverstraat and Rokin was empty for a long time. The complex consists of a few buildings that have been strongly transformed over the last hundreds of years. The department store of V&D was designed by the classic architect Caron in 1912, and transformed by the Amsterdam School architect Jan Kuyt in the thirties. The second ensemble comprises the eighteenth-century warehouses at the Rokin and the nineteenth-century building of Jacot & Oldewelt on the Kalverstraat, where the restaurant La Place is located. The different buildings were linked together during the time that V&D department store was housed in the complex. As a result, the individual buildings have lost their own character over the years. Office Winhov embraced the rich history of the complex and wants to bring back the original qualities of the buildings but in a contemporary form. 

Former V&D complex
Amsterdam
2016–2018
View from the bridge on Rokin
V&D department store after the transformation by Kuyt, 1930
View from the third floor
View from the Kalverstraat; the ensemble of the three buildings
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Kalverstraat, 1911–2004
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Design by Caron before 1932
Construction of the ground floor
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Old plan
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Opening of the historical void
Transformation of the former corner building of Jacot & Oldewelt
Caron Sketch