Located on the Damrak, in the historic center of Amsterdam, the Beurs van Berlage was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Berlage designed the building with an emphasis on sweeping planes and open plan interiors to modify the styles of the past. Constructed between 1896 and 1903, the building is made of red brick, with an iron and glass roof. The Beurs van Berlage influenced many modernist architects, in particular functionalists and the Amsterdam School.
Today the building is regarded as a leading design for the 20th century, and Berlage as the father of Dutch modern architecture. On 2 February 2002 the civil ceremony of the wedding of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Máxima Zorreguieta took place in the Beurs van Berlage. The Beurs van Berlage is a true “gesamtkunstwerk”, in which architecture is combined with the art of painting, sculpture and poetry.