Spanning more than 3,000 square metres, the new storage facility for Amsterdam City Archives offers space for 45,000 linear metres of archives.
During both the design and construction phases, a strong emphasis was placed on sustainability. Thanks to the addition of solar panels, including on the façade, the building generates at least as much energy as it consumes. The solar panels are mounted on FALK sandwich panels. The use of sandwich panels was also a deliberate choice, as they require minimal management and maintenance. FALK 1060 WB insulated wall panels were used in the colour Colorcoat HPS® Raven.
The City Archives are also able to manage their archives efficiently by using a standard set of boxes for storing documents, so they can be stored consecutively. The depot is subject to strict climate requirements; for example, the temperature is maintained between 13-18 degrees and the humidity between 40% and 50%, which helps to preserve the documents.
The new depot will house Amsterdam’s archives from 1811 onwards. In that year, everyone in the Netherlands was required to register with the municipality using their surname.