Restaurant Open, Amsterdam, Holland

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Date Built
Completed 2008
Westerdokseiland in Amsterdam
The irony about this unusual restaurant, called "Open", is that when I photographed it in March of 2015 it appeared to be closed and its website doesn't appear to have been updated since 2011. I believe however, that the name doesn't refer to its operational status but to the fact that the swing bridge it sits on top of is now permanently in the "Open" position.  The bridge was once a link between Amsterdam Central Station and a shunting yard in the Westerdok area.  The building's design was the result of a competition in 2005.  It is described on the "Architecturalist" website as, "... a pure, transparent, glass volume that fits precisely onto the existing bridge. It is composed of a floor, a roof and a glazed fa├žade that is formed entirely of pivotal windows, all of which can be opened. .... A staircase and a lift attached to the disused brick pillar on the quayside, provide access to an outdoor serving area on top of it, from which visitors can reach OPEN via a footbridge across the water."