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Ever since the Enlightenment, Amsterdam’s Felix Meritis building has acted as a meeting place for great thinkers from a broad range of intellectual backgrounds. Carrying on in that grand tradition, i29’s renovation refreshes the property by giving each of its rooms a distinct identity informed by a prior era of the venue’s history.

Soft pink clouds on the walls of the restaurant hearken back to 18th-century Dutch landscape paintings, while an event space pays tribute to the avant-garde ’60s with furnishings in high-contrast shades of blue. A custom stacking chair — called the Felix, naturally — helps each area adapt to shifting crowd sizes. 

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Felix Meritis

Soft pink clouds on the walls of the restaurant hearken back to 18th-century Dutch landscape paintings, while an event space pays tribute to the avant-garde ’60s with furnishings in high-contrast shades of blue.

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2022
People’s ChoiceCommercial and Institutional
Location
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Firm
Da Bureau, Russia
Award of MeritCommercial and Institutional
Location
Montreal, Canada
Firm
ACDF Architecture, Canada
2013
People’s ChoiceCommercial and Institutional
Location
Toronto
Firm
The Design Agency, Toronto
Team
Allen Chan and Anwar Mekhayech, with Matt Davis, Lorelei Lucas and Shady Wanis