From Post Office to Shopping Centre by Ian Ker

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The MagnPlaza shopping centre in Amsterdam was originally the Head Post Office. Listed as one of Amsterdam’s ten most precious monuments.

The former Head Post Office in the heart of Amsterdam is a building of great allure. Flanked by the Royal Palace on the Dam and the New Church, its imposing façade has been a familiar sight for visitors for almost a century: first as Head Post Office, now as a shopping center of international class. It was designed by the famous Dutch architect Cornelis Hendrik Peters in Neo-Gothic style, another example of which are the Houses of Parliament in London, and presents a mixture of Gothic and romantic elements. In 1992, the municipality decided to add this beautiful building to the list of Amsterdam’s ten most precious monuments, and invited four well-established architects to submit a plan for its renovation. Today, it is home to the Magna Plaza Shopping Center, the first indoor leisure and shopping center in the heart of the city. The introduction of two open spaces next to the existing one in the central hall created a more spacious atmosphere from top to basement. This feeling is intensified through the enlargement of the glass domed roof, allowing for even more daylight. (

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post office, amsterdam, grand plaza, shopping

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