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Westbeat Amsterdam: a special opening of a special building

Published on 12-11-2020

The mixed-use building Westbeat was opened in Amsterdam Nieuw-West on 10 November. Westbeat has mixed functions for living, working, relaxation and culture in New West at the intersection of the Cornelis Lelylaan and the Delflandlaan.

Westbeat was developed by Lingotto, designed by Studioninedots and built by Heddes Bouw & Ontwikkeling. It is part of the Achmea Dutch Residential Fund (ADRF).

Building a bridge between Nieuw-West and West
The development is the result of a tender that was won by the municipality of Amsterdam in 2016. In the building on the Lelylaan there are approximately 150 homes, work, culture and meeting functions, plus an underground parking garage. The building with the characteristic arched façade is an architectural newcomer for New West and with its public functions aims to bridge the gap between the city center and the New West and West districts.

A special opening in a special time
Digital visitors to the opening saw for the first time a dance-through through the building with a ballet by two dance talents, Constantine Allen and Salome Leverashvili (The Fashion Composers, Dutch National Ballet), choreographed by Peter Leung (House of Makers, Het National Ballet) after an idea by Studio Holgersson.

Dancing under the numerous arches of Westbeat, the two dancers depict how real social connection can be established in these times. Peter Leung about this: “In times of social distancing, where touch is missing, Constantine and Salome move you towards a real physical connection.