A long-stretched access ramp lined with wooden slats invites to enter the museum and branches out, along the side of its inclined volumes, creating a wide terrace, hanging over the water. Piers lay down to the surrounding lawn and, as tunnels, open up perspectives on imposing architectures standing on the other side of the river, allowing the passage of the numerous tourists who come along, driven by the desire to know the place and the new Film museum, in full freedom.
The routes on the outside running through the building and the beautiful sights on the landscape, all around, are just a small anticipation of the dynamism that characterizes the essence of the project. The Film Institute almost becomes a pretext for visitors to experience other images, those ones that alternate outside the cinemas and which focus on the EYE from different sites, there in the vicinity. So, after the show itinerary, you get suddenly into a narrow corridor from which, you catch a glimpse to breathtaking views of the city on the water, whose façades overshadow by the passage of slowly vessels that transit thought the canal.
The restaurant and the coffee shop, both adjacent to the external piers, find their location just inside the central hall, called Arena, by the same architects. Irregular stairs, instead, surmount the openings towards the entrances to the different theatres and exhibition spaces, like in an out-and-out amphitheatre. Therefore, on the wooden steps you can sit and enjoy the spectacle of the IJ twinkle through front and side windows, as light veils between the large volumetric cuts made by the designers.
The Arena is not just a place where to meet, but a rest stop, an exhibition space, one of the scenes into a movie theatre. The angularity of its form reveals the ability to use even a single inch of every corner that determines it, which are not leftover spaces but areas deliberately so designed to counteract the regularity of the projection rooms.
Therefore, in the Film Institute EYE in Amsterdam dynamism and stop, transparency and matter, inner and outer, are no longer dichotomies.
The boundary between the one and the other thing is so thin as to be fleeting, just like a blink. The same as a camera photo shoot, that imprints remembrances in our visual memory, even before any true reproduction.
Maria Elena Fauci