Heidrick & Struggles: corporate Excellence

Heidrick & Struggles, one of the world’s leading recruitment firms, has found itself a more suitable location for its Amsterdam office by moving to the new NoMA building. When deciding…

Heidrick & Struggles, one of the world’s leading recruitment firms, has found itself a more suitable location for its Amsterdam office by moving to the new NoMA building. When deciding on a top Zuidas location for your business, you should want your interior design to equal the quality found in this building.

The Amsterdam based concept and design studio Hollands Nieuwe was picked to be responsible for creating an interior design for the space that corresponds with the dynamic work processes of the recruiter. Since Heidrick & Struggles offers executive recruitment as well as consulting services, executive coaching and leadership development, it was of the utmost importance that their place of work makes a powerful impression immediately. Consequently, the entrance and foyer has a warm, inviting and high-quality charm, which welcomes retained and new clients, as well as employees and partners on a daily basis.

Due to the high frequency of visitors to the building, the entrance area has a variety of meeting facilities, which differ in spaciousness and privacy. A wooden slate subdivides the open reception into more private spaces. These spaces provide employees with secluded workspaces while there is a training session in progress on the other side of the hall.   

Photography Hollandse Nieuwe

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Suittruck is tailor of the future

A mobile clothing store where customers can order a tailor-made suit, shirt, pair of jeans or shoes. A tailor coming to your home or office to take measures, using a…

A mobile clothing store where customers can order a tailor-made suit, shirt, pair of jeans or shoes. A tailor coming to your home or office to take measures, using a state-of-the-art full-body scanner. Sounds futuristic? Travelling tailor Rutger Vlaming makes it happen with his Suit Truck, causing a bit of a stir in the traditional world of made-to-measure clothes.

His Suit Truck, painted in dark grey metallic, attracts attention wherever he goes. In the back of his truck, Rutger Vlaming uses the espresso machine to make a nice cup of coffee and sits down on a brown leather bench. The broad-shouldered fashion entrepreneur is a keen sportsman who used to play football at a high level. 

Seven years ago, he set up fashion brand Frederik George, the predecessor of Suit Truck. His mission? Making the process of buying clothes easier, faster and more efficient. He started out selling shirts but extended his range to suits, jackets, jeans and shoes – all made to measure. “Men don’t like trying on lots of clothes; they want something that fits straightaway.”

Mobile tailor

Vlaming used to sell Frederik George and a few other brands in his pop-up shop in Amsterdam, but he soon came to the conclusion that waiting for people to walk into his store was not for him. “The modern businessman has hardly any time to find a good tailor. I’d rather visit my customers, but driving to their doorstep in my Smart Car didn’t seem a good idea to me.” 

When walking around at a food truck festival he saw a sushi truck and the penny dropped. However, an old-fashioned food truck, as romantic as it sounds, has a lot of disadvantages. For example, because of the emissions it is not allowed to enter most Dutch cities. So he approached a van and truck manufacturer. “This edition was especially designed for Suit Truck and made in Poland. By the way, the word ‘suit’ in the brand name doesn’t refer to a ‘man’s suit’ but rather to the ‘fit’, as the truck is in fact a luxurious fitting room.”

Thousands of fabrics

With his Suit Truck he drives to companies during office hours to sell their employees perfect-fitting tailor-made clothes, but he also pays home visits to his customers. “Recently I received a special request: a groom-to-be was organizing a dinner party for his best friends. He asked me to drop by and measure a suit for every dinner guest.” 

At the moment there are two Suit Trucks on the road. One truck is fitted with a rack of garments. “The customer puts on a shirt or jacket and I use pins to get the perfect fit. The customer can choose from more than a thousand fabrics.” He opens a sample book: “Everything is possible: plain colours, chequered, pinstripes or a bold pattern. The type of buttons and the lining can be personalized as well. It’s my job to guide the customer through this process. Usually, fitting and choosing a design, fabric and all the details is done within one hour.”


The other truck, which he uses half of the time, is equipped with a full-body scanner in order to make measuring easier and more accurate. Vlaming explains how it works: “Wearing only his boxer short, the customer steps into a sort of fitting room, closes the door and presses a button. Several cameras take pictures while a grid pattern is projected onto his body. Within two seconds we receive all the measurements we need. The customer can check his avatar online and see how a piece of clothing looks on him. This way it’s very easy to change the colour or the type of fabric.”

This advanced technology is still in development and Vlaming is busy experimenting. “I use the truck with the full-body scanner for two weeks in a row and then I’m fine-tuning it to adjust it to the demands from the market. And I’m working on setting up a link with our web shop.”

Less textile waste

Suit Truck is not the only company experimenting with a full-body scanner. “But I dare to say that we’re the only ones who are making it work, thanks to a couple of secret applications”, Vlaming says with a wink. Most companies use a body scan to help customers find the size they need for a particular brand, in order to reduce the number of returns.

“We primarily scan for production but in the future we will also use it to produce a size chart. A nice way to battle textile waste as returned articles won’t need to go back into the store. Tailor-made clothing is sustainable by definition. We only sell what people are really going to wear and that means we produce a lot less.”

Former pro footballer Levchenko as brand ambassador

Vlaming believes that reusing textiles has the future. He recently launched an exclusive bespoke suit made of hundred percent recycled fabrics: unique in the textile world. For this project he worked together with the Dutch-Indonesian weavers collective Khaloom. 

The first suit was made for former professional footballer Evegeniy Levchenko, a brand ambassador for two fashion start-ups. During a photoshoot at the stadium of AFC football club in Amsterdam last summer, Levchenko wore a self-designed recycled suit made by Suit Truck,. Vlaming: “These days, sustainability is still being used as a marketing tool, but it should really become the standard.”

Ripple effect

The fashion entrepreneur makes no secret of his ambitions: he wants to scale up as quickly as possible and roll out more of these trucks in order to achieve nationwide coverage. Then he is going to set up a franchise system to cover other European countries and in the near future he would like to enter the US market. 

“I feel the concept could work well over there because of the vast distances. Moreover, there are a lot of clustered areas with a high concentration of people. We could drive to a business district or to a college campus. Suit Truck is aimed at progressive, fashion-conscious men with little time and it is my mission to provide an efficient service to them.”


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Epicenter: professional workplace with a real buzz

Under the roof of Epicenter, a community of start-ups, scale-ups and established companies is working side by side, inspiring and learning from one another, pushing innovations and growth. Epicenter opened…

Under the roof of Epicenter, a community of start-ups, scale-ups and established companies is working side by side, inspiring and learning from one another, pushing innovations and growth. Epicenter opened its doors more than a year ago, so we were wondering what it is like to actually work there. And how do companies benefit from this digital innovation house? Four members tell us about the added value of Epicenter.

“The first time I walked in here, the paint was still wet but it felt like the lobby of a five-star hotel. We decided on the spot that we wanted an office here”, David Kat remembers his first encounter with Epicenter. He was looking for a workplace in Amsterdam as three months earlier he and his business partner had decided to introduce their Israel-based start-up Wasteless to the Dutch market. 

“Epicenter is perfectly located: close to Schiphol Airport and within the A10 ring road. From here, it’s only 10 minutes by bicycle to the city centre. And the building is very sustainable. Wasteless uses artificial intelligence to provide supermarkets with dynamic pricing for their products, with digital tags displaying a smart price incentive on the product with the shortest expiration date. This way, the 500 million euros worth of goods that Dutch supermarkets discard on a yearly basis, can instead be sold and turned into a revenue stream. As these products don’t end up in a landfill site, this leads to a considerable reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as well. We bring our customers profitable sustainability, so it makes sense that we hold office in a sustainable and smart building.”

Sunken sitting area

Like so many others, David started in the open office space at Epicenter. He and his business partner worked from the sunken sitting area and this really helped them to meet all kinds of interesting people. In the meantime, Wasteless has grown into a team of 4 people and often gets visitors from abroad, so they decided to move into a studio. 

The flexible staffing options are a big plus for many members, confirms Michel Spruijt of Brain Corp Europe. “We look 90 days ahead and adapt our staffing plans for Brain Corp Europe accordingly. At the moment, I’m the only one here but by the end of this year we could well have 12 people at this location”, he says. In July, Michel started setting up the European branch of American-bases Brain Corp, a company developing software for machines (e.g. cleaning robots) navigating autonomously in public spaces. 


“Developments are going very fast and we’re adjusting our plans all the time. We need to be able to act swiftly as we want to be the Microsoft of autonomous navigation and robotics. If I need more staff tomorrow, I simply get a subscription for them and they can start working right away; that’s the flexibility I require’.”

For Antler, a start-up generator and venture capital fund with a global mission to help driven people set up ground-breaking businesses, scalability is a requirement and crucial to the way they operate, explains Kim Oreskovic. “Our basic team consists of 11 employees; we rent a meeting room for them and use the open co-working space. When a new programme starts, we’ll get in another 100 people for two months. In that period, we help start-ups form teams in order to build up their business from scratch.”

Positive vibe

“These teams pitch their plan to the Antler investment committee and then around 40 founders will stay on at Epicenter for another 3 months during the follow-up phase. That works out very well here, because there is a good mix of open and confined spaces of various sizes. What’s extra special, is the positive and creative vibe in this place. There is so much room to meet people, but at the same time the acoustics is so good that you can have a good conversation without others hearing what you’re saying.”

Scaling up without any hassle is also one of the advantages Katinka de Korte of DEARhealth mentions. “We started out three months ago with four people, now we are a team of fifteen and before Christmas there’ll be 25 of us”, she explains her need for flexibility. The international Epicenter locations have proved a big bonus for her company as well. 

“DEARhealth is a digital platform that connects all carers of a patient with the actual patient. And using Artificial Intelligence it presents the most accurate care path for the patient by, amongst other things, steering the patient away from predictable risks. This way, medical teams are getting support in their decision-making regarding treatment. As a result, patients are healthier and care costs are significantly lower”, Katinka explains. This system has been developed with the help of a team of medical specialists in the US. With the support of its investors, DEARhealth will be scaling up in the US and will start implementing programmes in Europe in the next two years.  

Epicenter Stockholm

“This summer we started in Dutch and Belgian hospitals, and the next priority on our list is Sweden because of the country’s innovative healthcare system. When I told that to the staff here at Epicenter Amsterdam, they immediately put me in contact with their branch in Sweden. That helped me tremendously as the Swedish office opened a box with index cards and I was introduced to various companies. Moreover, together with people from Epicenter Amsterdam I went on a business trip to Epicenter Stockholm, where start-ups from both countries were pitching plans to each other. Offering people these opportunities is what makes Epicenter so unique. Their team knows all Epicenter members personally, they know what your ambition is and they often ask: ‘Is this connection useful to you?’ That really helps.”

David Kat is also very happy with the Epicenter team. “I appreciate the fact that they’re not only very nice and professional people, but they also think along with us. When our guests come in, they are welcomed in a pleasant and dedicated manner; that builds trust.” Michel Spruijt adds that the atmosphere in the building and between companies makes it even better. “It’s always busy here – in a good sense, the place buzzes.” 

Douwe Dirks, the manager of Epicenter Amsterdam, is happy to hear that Epicenter is such an attractive business partner for so many companies. “Innovating and growing is a lot easier when you’re part of the right community. We are that community and we do everything we can to connect people and help them share their knowledge. We like building a strong business environment for Amsterdam where local companies get the chance to learn and new digital opportunities arise.” 


Epicenter Amsterdam offers: 

Knowledge Memberships
Flex Memberships
Community Events
Office spaces
Top-of-the-line event spaces
Meeting room facilities 
Innovation Labs & Digital Safaris
Hackathons & Ideathons
Management Days


Epicenter Amsterdam
Fred. Roeskestraat 115

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VU Amsterdam delivers top finance professionals

When 41-year old Aimée Geerts was a student, the area around VU Amsterdam was a fairly quiet and remote part of Amsterdam. These days, that very same university is the…

When 41-year old Aimée Geerts was a student, the area around VU Amsterdam was a fairly quiet and remote part of Amsterdam. These days, that very same university is the academic epicentre of the thriving Zuidas business district and there is a lot of interaction between Zuidas companies and VU Amsterdam.

“One could say I have seen Zuidas grow from my office at Commerzbank” says Aimée, who has been working at Zuidas since 2006 and is Assistant to the Country CEO at the German Commerzbank. Initially, her office was located in the Atrium but three years ago her company moved to the Viñoly Tower, the building with the conspicuous staircase on the outside.

“After I completed my degree in International Business Administration at Maastricht University, I started working for Commerzbank. From the very first day I really felt at home there but I was missing a bit of focus as my degree was a fairly general one. That’s why I went looking for a course that was in line with my job but would delve a little deeper.”

Perfect place

“I was looking around for the right postdoctoral degree and then I found the Executive Master in Finance & Control (EMFC) at VU Amsterdam. This was the perfect place for me. During the introductory interview, the commitment and enthusiasm of one of the teachers really inspired me.”

“The Commerzbank fully supported my choice. Not surprisingly as the Executive Master in Finance & Control (Registercontroller in Dutch) at VU Amsterdam was the first programme of its kind in the Netherlands and VU delivers all the top professionals in the Dutch financial world. Moreover, VU Amsterdam is a leading  institute when it comes to the development of this area of financial expertise.”

The fact that Aimée was working next to VU Amsterdam and the university’s leading role in finance and control, were the decisive factors in choosing this degree. From 2011 to 2013, Aimée spent every Friday studying and attending classes at VU Amsterdam. 

Enriching experience

“Back then, we were right in the middle of the financial crisis but my course was full. It was such an enriching experience. Getting feedback from others on your everyday work was so useful. You’re studying together with other people; every one of us was working in a different field so we could really learn from each other.”

“We were working on business cases in groups of four students. My group contained people from the aviation, banking, healthcare and insurance industries. Right from the kick-off weekend we were studying together. Every one of us had his or her own expertise and that gave me a lot of insight. And obviously the teachers challenged us big time.” 

Variety of subjects

With the Executive Master in Finance & Control, Aimée has added another degree to her impressive resume. “That’s nice but what counts is what this degree has brought me. The variety of subjects, finance, reporting, strategy, corporate and tax law, has enabled me to cooperate more efficiently with the various departments within the bank. I’m really happy with my choice for this degree course.”

With her job and university close by, Aimée feels at home at Zuidas. She lives in Naarden with her husband and two children, but from her office she has seen the steady growth of ‘The Big Apple of Amsterdam’. In the old days, there was only De Blauwe Engel to go for drinks and a bite to eat, but these days people are spoilt for choice. “I consider Naarden Amsterdam’s backyard. I take my kids to school with my cargo bike and it only takes me 30 minutes by train to get to my Zuidas office. This way I still feel like an ‘Amsterdammer’.”

Alumni Association

In Aimée’s field of work, regular training is a necessity. That’s why VU Amsterdam organizes activities for members of the alumni association throughout the year. There are usually two teachers present during these alumni evenings. “It’s very informative. You meet up with your former fellow-students and it’s also nice to see the teachers again. For example, I’m still in touch with Bert Steens, who has been a professor at VU Amsterdam since the year 2000. If there’s anything I need help with, I can always ask Bert for advice.”

Bert Steens adds: “We have a wonderful and active alumni community and we’re very proud of that. We regularly meet former students such as Aimée. I think that is due to the good relationship we’ve built during the course, as well as to our location at Zuidas, where many alumni are working in finance positions. There are a lot of things going on, a lot of traffic and accessibility is excellent, both with public transport and by car or bicycle. VU Amsterdam could not have chosen a better location. Students working at Zuidas can pop in during their lunch break to discuss something.”

Executive Education

Senior finance specialists also find their way to VU Amsterdam for training courses and master classes. “Apart from doing a Master in Finance and Control, professionals can keep abreast of developments in their field by participating in our Executive Education programme, for example following a course in Business Analytics.”

Early 2020, VU Amsterdam will start a new degree programme in cooperation with other universities abroad: an International Executive MBA in Finance & Control.  

“This course is meant for experienced business professionals who are aiming for a financial role at senior management or board level, like a position as finance director or CFO. This is an executive MBA programme with a strong focus on general management and finance & control, tackling all the challenges that the combination of those two disciplines entails.”



Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
School of Business and Economics
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photo Aimée Geerts by Katja Mali

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‘Nobody is interested in me, guests come here for an experience’

Roberto Payer is one of the best hoteliers in the world, a formidable achievement. Not only did he manage to put the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel firmly on the map, five…

Roberto Payer is one of the best hoteliers in the world, a formidable achievement. Not only did he manage to put the Amsterdam Hilton Hotel firmly on the map, five years ago he also opened the Waldorf Astoria at Herengracht and he has been running both hotels ever since.

Is there an Italian who loves Amsterdam more than Roberto Payer, general manager of the city’s Hilton and Waldorf Astoria hotels? Probably not. “I found everything in Amsterdam. It’s the city that made me happy and still does. In Amsterdam I fell in love. Will I ever move back to Italy? No way, I want to be buried in Amsterdam!”

Roberto Payer (69) just got back from Tuscany, where he owns a house. Italy may be the country where he was born, but you won’t hear him wax lyrical about its cuisine, the delicious wines or the close-knit family ties. Payer has been living in Amsterdam since he was nineteen and he doesn’t feel the urge to go back to Italy. “No, that’s certainly not my intention.”


The question about moving back to Italy is not as inappropriate as it may seem. After all, Payer is nearing his 70th birthday and he feels he has seen everything under the sun during his long career. Then again, there is always a new challenge around the corner, like completing the third restyling project of the Hilton Hotel since he became general manager in 1992. “This year we’ll finish the lounge and then everything is done.” 

Another challenge was the Waldorf Astoria Hotel which opened its doors  at the Herengracht in 2014. “After the opening I could have stopped working but I didn’t think that would’ve been fair. I wanted to show people I could manage a luxury hotel, so I stayed on. In 2021, the Rosewood Hotel will open in Amsterdam and I’m very curious to see how it will turn out compared to the Waldorf. That is my big problem: there is always something else to do. When should I call it a day?”

Best hotelier

After this interview, Payer will fly to Las Vegas to attend the award ceremony for the best hotelier in the world. Virtuoso, a network of 1,000 travel agencies employing 17.500 travel advisors in 35 countries with an annual turnover of 23.7 billion dollars in luxury travel, has invited him to attend this prestigious event where there will also be an award ceremony for the best hotel in the world. Apart from the Waldorf Astoria, Amsterdam is represented by the Amstel Hotel, Hotel De L’Europe, The Grand, the Conservatorium Hotel and the Pulitzer Hotel. 

“I’ll be staying for three days and I have around 80 appointments every day, plus lunches, social drinks and gala dinners. That is hard work but good fun. The most important thing for me is the Hotel of the Year Award. The best of the best. That would be the crown on my career. The Waldorf has already made the top-5; that is nice but still not good enough. For a few weeks I was sick of not getting the no. 1 spot. I simply hate losing, I want to win! If guests tell me they don’t like our hotel, I don’t sleep at night.” 

Five best hotels

The Waldorf may be one of the five best hotels in the world, but that won’t have much of an impact on what Payer is going to do next. He loves his job and Amsterdam too much to stop working. After graduating from hospitality business school at age nineteen, he applied for a job in the Netherlands. Since he was eight years old he had been dreaming of becoming general manager of a hotel. 

“I’ve only experienced nice things in Amsterdam. When I came here in 1969, I lived in the Jordaan area and I knew the local greengrocer, the shrimp seller, the poulterer. I really felt at home; the people in the Jordaan loved Italians. It was great!”

Cultural education

Famous conductor Bernard Haitink introduced him to the world of classical music – ‘he opened my eyes, especially for Mahler and Bruckner’ – and Payer is a regular visitor to the city’s Concert Hall. For contemporary art he heads to the Stedelijk Museum. “In the seventies, the foundation for my cultural education was laid in the Stedelijk. I went there every Sunday afternoon. I really cannot live without the Concert Hall, the Opera and my three museums: Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum.”

Amsterdam may have given Payer a lot, he himself has certainly given back to the city in equal measure. For example, he launched the Herring Party in the garden of the Hilton Hotel – a huge success every year. And he is chairman of the Tulip Festival,  president of the supervisory board for the PAN Art Fair and chairman of the Chocolate Festival, plus he holds various other positions on boards and commissions. “I’m in a relationship and my partner gives me room to do what I find important. I really feel I need to give back to the community.”


Moreover, he was instrumental in bringing the Waldorf Astoria to this city. The Hilton concern, owner of the Waldorf Astoria, initially didn’t want to open a luxury hotel in Amsterdam. Payer managed to convince them. “The Waldorf Astoria is here because of me,” he says, beaming. 

The Waldorf has caused an upturn in the number of well-heeled tourists visiting Amsterdam. The average luxury guest spends five to ten thousand euros in three days. “That’s what we give back to Amsterdam.” Lady Gaga, King Mohammed of Morocco, Keith Richards, Michelle Obama and Leonardo Dicaprio all stayed here – not that Payer would ever confirm this as discretion is his middle name.

No consistent policy

Payer may be fond of Amsterdam, he doesn’t shy away from criticizing his adopted hometown. For many years he has been saying that Amsterdam needs to appoint a councillor for tourism. “The turnover in the city’s tourism sector is 240 billion euros and town hall doesn’t even have one dedicated manager focusing on this industry!” And there are other things bothering him as well. “The city let AirBnB in, but nobody thought about the consequences. And there are more than a million bicycles in Amsterdam and they cost the municipality a fortune – providing bicycle racks, removing them, etcetera. I would say: charge every bike owner a tenner and use this money to do nice things for our city. There is just no consistent policy.” 

But above all, Payer is a hotelier through and through. “The atmosphere you create with your team makes or breaks your hotel. Why are guests willing to pay 1,200 euros or more for a night in the Waldorf Astoria? They come here for a wonderful experience and for the tremendous service. Everything has got to be perfect. I have a script, so each staff member knows exactly what needs to be done from the moment the guest arrives at the hotel entrance until the guest goes to his or her room. That is the ultimate service.” 

Incredibly angry

And Payer won’t go for second best. “I can get incredibly angry if the doorman is wrongly positioned when a guest arrives by car. When you open the door, you are at the right-hand side; then you release the door handle and move to the left-hand side and keep your arm against the arch so the guest won’t bang his head. If my employees don’t follow the correct procedure I’ll let them know I’m unhappy, and I won’t leave it till the next day.”

To achieve this very high level of service, the Waldorf has 200 employees for 93 rooms, whereas the Hilton has 220 employees for 271 rooms. “The Hilton is a business-oriented hotel, mainly serving people visiting the Zuidas.” Each hotels has its own atmosphere. “I really love style. I don’t care about trends and I don’t follow them. They always simply die out. They last 6 or 9 months max, and then it’s over. Roberto’s, the classic Italian restaurant inside the Hilton Hotel, has been in business for 25 years. How many restaurants in Amsterdam can actually say the same?”

Pure food

And it would be unusual to see Payer in a different type of restaurant. “I want pure food and I don’t like people toying with my meal. Try cooking something nice, that’s difficult enough. There aren’t many chefs who can really create a fantastic meal like Sidney Schutte, our chef and proud owner of two Michelin stars. I just want to eat very good food; no ostentatious stuff, please! I love liver with bacon and onions, a dish I regularly eat at Myrabelle (a cafe and restaurant in Amsterdam).” 

He says he’s totally unpretentious. “Nobody is interested in me. Guests come here for an experience. And the general manager of a hotel is really nothing without his team: they decide who you are – every moment of the day.” Like a real Italian family all the employees of the Waldorf eat together at a big table every day. “I’ll sit wherever there is a chair available and that could be next to the dishwasher or the chambermaid. It’s really important to maintain that relationship. I can be tough with them, but at the same time: If you dare touch my team, Roberto Payer turns into a very nasty person.”


  photo Janiek Dam

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Next level loft

Exclusive living is the best way to describe this apartment located on the 14th floor of the Intermezzo Building that is up for sale now. Two apartments have been turned…

Exclusive living is the best way to describe this apartment located on the 14th floor of the Intermezzo Building that is up for sale now. Two apartments have been turned into one, making this place unique and extremely spacious: 207m² (2,200 sq. ft). To top it all off, it offers a roof terrace and spectacular views of Amsterdam.

The apartment on Leonard Bernsteinstraat has a south-west orientation, making it very light, and a roof terrace with stunning views. 

The level of finishing is very high. The dining area and the handmade large open-plan kitchen are fitted with all modern appliances including an oven, microwave-oven, Quooker, double refrigerator and freezer, coffee machine, cooker, as well as a climate cabinet for wine. The kitchen island and the wall are made of Italian Arebescato Gold marble. The worktop is made of Belgian bluestone. 

The very spacious and light living room gives access to the terrace facing Zuidas and De Boelelaan. There is Hungarian point oak flooring throughout the entire penthouse.

The master bedroom, with double doors opening to the outside, has an adjoining half-open bathroom with tub, walk-in shower, double sink, toilet and a spectacular dressing room. 

In addition to the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, there are two spacious bedrooms with a large shared bathroom and walk-in shower. There are two private parking spaces (next to each other) in the building’s underground car park. Asking Price: € 2.250.000,- (costs for buyer).

For more information: www.engelvoelkers.com/amsterdam, tel. +31 (0)20-2252736


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Taminiau at PAN

The 33st edition of PAN Art Fair, taking place in RAI Amsterdam from November 24 until December 1, features a special exhibition highlighting the works and ideas of famous Dutch…

The 33st edition of PAN Art Fair, taking place in RAI Amsterdam from November 24 until December 1, features a special exhibition highlighting the works and ideas of famous Dutch fashion designer Jan Taminiau.

It is the first time in the history of this fair for art, antiques & design that this honour has been bestowed on a couturier. In his exhibition The World of Jan Taminiau, the fashion designer – hailed for his use of traditional techniques in contemporary designs – enters into dialogue with the art on show at PAN Amsterdam.

Taminiau painted a cloth and embellished it with beads and sequins. The image he created contains trees referring to the famed Goblin and colour surfaces reminiscent of the modernism of Bauhaus. 

Since the 2016 edition, PAN Amsterdam has commissioned artists to translate their view on the art fair in pictures. The collaborators thus far are photographers Eva Roovers, Koen Hauser and Erwin Olaf. Around 40,000 art lovers visit the PAN Fair every year.

PAN Amsterdam is an annual fair for art, antiques and design, offering collectors, occasional buyers and starters on the art market a wide range of thousands of art pieces. More than 100 vendors will display the best works available on the Dutch art market. These top collections of fine art, presented in a modern setting, have been selected for their appealing mix of aesthetic beauty and quality.


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Yuan’s Hot Pot makes you feel like you are in China!

Those familiar with Chengdu Hot Pot, the Chinese equivalent of fondue, will find everything they could ever wish for at Yuan’s Hot Pot. Prepared with the delicious meat, the most…

Those familiar with Chengdu Hot Pot, the Chinese equivalent of fondue, will find everything they could ever wish for at Yuan’s Hot Pot. Prepared with the delicious meat, the most delicate fish, and best vegetables by yourself at your table. For those who have not had this sort of dining adventure before, let me assure you: it is an absolutely great experience.

Yuan’s Hot Pot makes you feel like you are in China! Although located on the Rijnstraat in Amsterdam, the decor is identical to eateries in China: the wooden tables, wall decorations, sleek and light interior, and the Chinese TV station displayed on the ceiling.

Since expats and Amsterdammers have started to frequent Yuan’s Hot Pot, the owners have initiated a second establishment at Marie Heinekenplein, set to open its doors in November. This news is not surprising at all. Hot Pot is China’s most popular cuisine, and quickly becoming mine. It is the Chinese way of having a fondue. At your table you cook your meat, fish or vegetables in a large hot pot of broth or soup, using chopsticks. 

Wear an apron

In short, Yuan’s Hot Pot serves authentic Chinese food. As the name suggests, there is only Hot Pot on the menu. The helpful waiter will hand you an iPad on which you can browse the menu, make your choice of dishes, and order. Plus, everyone gets an apron rather than the more typical napkin.

To begin, choose a spicy or mild broth. It’s alright if you want both in the same pot, you’ll get a nice 50/50 mix. Next, select the meat. That is easier said than done, because the selection is extensive. There is lamb and pork belly, as well as specialities like duck’s tongue, pork kidney and bovine aorta. What’s more, there’s an incredible selection of beautiful fish such as sole, mussels, shrimp, squid and crab, just to mention a few.

Great variety

There is also chicken and a great variety of vegetables on the menu. There’s all kinds of mushrooms, spinach, winter melon, kelp, and don’t forget the tofu and rice. Eventually, you choose your drinks. Just one click more on the iPad and you have ordered your meal.

In less than a minute your steaming Hot Pot is served, instantly followed by a beautifully arranged dish of meat, brought in by the graceful staff. A small amount of fondue broth is served to the individual bowls for guests to enjoy as a soup, and each person gets a shrimp dumpling as an appetizer, which are cooked in the hot pot in only a few minutes. Thankfully, to keep track of time, we are given a little egg timer.

Soon our table is filled with numerous small dishes – one with coriander, onions, soya oil another with peanuts – and bowls with mushrooms, chicken, sole, lamb and so much more. To complete it all in style we have a pot of aromatic jasmine tea.

In front of the open kitchen, there is a variety of sauces you can help yourself to. In addition, as a little treat, on a recent visit we were given a bowl of deep-fried spring rolls, which, by mistake, we put in the hotpot.


That this establishment is related to a community of 400 restaurants in China, it is not surprising at all to find that this restaurant is extremely well managed. “Yuan’s Hot Pot opened its first restaurant, called Yuan’s Chuan Chuan Xiang in Chinese, in Chengdu in 1996,” manager Sen Sun tells me. “Ever since, Yuan’s has been a market-leader. In 2017, we opened our first restaurant outside China, in Vancouver, Canada, followed by this one in Amsterdam in 2018.”

Proof that this is an excellent spot is the queue of hungry arrivals waiting to be seated. Don’t forget to make a reservation! Chinese and non-Chinese expats, locals, the young and the old, everyone seems to know that Yuan’s is the place to be. Moreover, it is more than suitable for larger groups. This place is a true communal experience in an authentic atmosphere.

We over-ordered for sure, we couldn’t even finish everything. If our serving sounded a bit too meat-heavy for some of you, don’t be scared. At Yuan’s, there is a wide vegan and vegetarian range on the menu, including a separate broth.

For dessert, we had vanilla ice cream and delicious Illy coffee.


Yuan’s Hot Pot
Rijnstraat 51
W www.yuanhotpot.com
E info@yjccx.nl
T 0031626265858

Opening hours
Monday-Sunday: 12:00- 22:30




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Winter Cabinet: grand drawings on a small scale

Fans of contemporary drawing can visit the winter exhibition of the Tekenkabinet (Drawing Room) in the Amstelpark from 1 December 2019. Het Tekencabinet was founded in 2013 by visual artist…

Fans of contemporary drawing can visit the winter exhibition of the Tekenkabinet (Drawing Room) in the Amstelpark from 1 December 2019.

Het Tekencabinet was founded in 2013 by visual artist Manja van der Storm.
The objective of the independent platform is to organize annual salon-like exhibitions with drawings by both renowned and up-and-coming artists. Sometimes these exhibitions take place in a museum, sometimes in a former showroom.

Since the summer of 2017, the Het Tekencabinet has been housed in a semi-permanent exhibition location in the Amstelpark. In the attractive, former Belgian pavilion, situated between the monastery garden and the Japanese garden, the Winter Cabinet can be visited during the whole month of December on Sundays.

There will be recent work by 101 contemporary artists from all over the country, but also from Belgium. Both well-known and new names contribute to a fascinating, multicoloured drawing oasis, with a multitude of styles, manuscripts, materials and types of paper. The maximum size of all the exhibited drawings is A3, which results in handy, accessible and affordable drawings. All drawings are for sale and can be taken directly into a handmade box with lid.

The exhibition is accompanied by a full-colour catalogue (A6) in which the work of all participating artists is depicted. On Sunday 29 December a festive finissage of the Winter Cabinet will take place, between 13.00 and 16.00 hours.

The exhibition Winter Cabinet will be on display from 1 to 29 December 2019 on Sundays, from 12:00 to 16:00. The exhibition can also be visited by appointment: (06) 20077891 (Manja van der Storm).

Amstelpark 13
1083 HZ Amsterdam
(former Gallery Park Art, follow the signs in the park)


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Hotel Okura jumps out again

Hotel Okura Amsterdam has been selected by readers of the influential travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 3 Dutch hotels. In the top 25 of favourite…

Hotel Okura Amsterdam has been selected by readers of the influential travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler as one of the top 3 Dutch hotels. In the top 25 of favourite hotels in Northern Europe, the hotel occupies the 13th place.

More than 600.000 readers worldwide voted for the travel magazine. These elections, the Condé Nast Travelers Reader’s Choice Awards, are the longest-running in the travel industry and are generally regarded as the ‘crème de la crème’. The results for 2019 will be published on this website.

Hotel Okura is part of Okura Nikko Hotel Management, a chain with more than 70 hotels, mainly in Asia. The Amsterdam hotel has 300 rooms and in addition to high quality hotel accommodation, the hotel also offers a spa and fitness centre, ultramodern conference rooms and a choice of four restaurants, three of which have been awarded by Guide Michelin.


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