Amsterdam, even not been a very large city, is a young and active metropolitan center. In the center of the city we find channels, bicycles and a very distinctive traditional architecture that presents not very high buildings, with big windows and dark colors.
Although the urban laws of the city are very rigid in the center, on the outskirts of the city we can find new proposals of contemporary architecture that help the city to grow, occupying new empty spaces until now. Examples of this contemporary architecture are the NEMO Science Museum, by Renzo Piano, the ARCAM center, by René Van Zuuk Architekten, Chanel’s new shop or the Silodam building (Housing Silo), both by MVRDV, among many others. All these proposals of contemporary architecture give freshness to the city of canals.