Felix Meritis – House for the curious mind
This unique building on Keizersgracht was built in 1788 for a society of scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and thinkers. It was a hotspot for creativity and cross-overs during intellectual movement “The Enlightenment”. Five different departments were housed in one building; Music, Commerce, Literature, Physics and Drawing.
Award-winning studio i29 made the interior design of Felix Meritis anno 2020 commissioned by investment group Amerborgh. A distinct and charismatic design, inspired by the rich history of the building. Every space within the building refers to a speci-fic period in the building’s history. The starting point was to show diversity and to give all rooms their own identity, just as in 1788 each department was given its own inter-pretation. Together they form a collection of colorful characters in the house of en-lightenment. The building has been completely renovated in collaboration with a large team of specialists and advisers; new installations and acoustic facilities have been carefully inserted within the monumental shell. Math architects was responsible for the architectural part and structural renovation. The plan is based on the restoration of the original building contour, whereby the necessary installations are completely hidden by a new lifted roof. In contrast to the existing classical environment, new interventions and finishes by i29 in the interior are clearly recognizable as such, bringing the building to the present again.