From Kavalerie Kazerne to Rijksakademie
From its conception in 1870 until 1992 the Rijksakademie was situated at Stadhouderskade 86. In the 1980s it became clear the building had become too small and two other nearby locations were added to the Rijksakademie.
In 1992 the organization moved to a larger building at Sarphatistraat 470 in Amsterdam. A Rijksmonument, the ‘Kavallerie-Kazerne’ (cavalry barracks) was restructured by architect Koen van Velsen. The technical workshops are now in what were previously the stables. The studios are on the upper floors and in the adjacent stables. In the courtyard two new towers were built housing the collections, library, artist documentation, project rooms and offices. The various parts of the building are connected by glass walkways.
about the history of the building