KIT – amsterdam
1092 AD Amsterdam
KIT has a large conference auditorium, a beautiful reception area and eight meeting rooms of various sizes. All rooms are equipped with professional audiovisual and IT facilities. Upon entering KIT, you will find yourself in the impressive Marble Hall, a soaring octagonal space that leads to the other meeting rooms in the building. The hall is ideal as a meeting and networking space and provides a beautiful setting for banquets and receptions. Technical support is available on request.
Twelve types of marble
The hall is decorated with twelve types of marble from Tuscany, Italy. The floor, the pillars and the stairs are marble-lined and the balustrades are carved out of marble. The colors of the marble are unusual. The green marble, vert polververa, has become scarce and is only mined and used for restoration purposes.
The pattern of the floor, clearly visible from the upper balustrade, is laid out as a livre ouvert, or open book. The plates were cut and placed in such a way that the marble veins form a symmetrical pattern.
Names of the founders
The names of the 76 founders of what was then the ‘Colonial Institute’ are inscribed in golden letters in three marble panels to the left of the hall. It was they who contributed funds for the building’s construction. The list contains the names of governing bodies, such as the municipality of Amsterdam and the Department of the Interior and the Colonies, but also that of many companies of that time with interests in colonial Indonesia. All the founders paid a minimum of 25,000 guilders. The Marble Hall also displays two busts of the men who founded the Colonial Institute: J.T. Cremer and H.F.R. Hubrechts.
Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands and its capital, situated along the river Amstel. The centre of the old city exists since 1275, but three centuries went by before the citizens of Amsterdam could claim to be the most prosperous citizens of Europe. During the 17th century, the Golden Age, the famous canal system was dug around the mediaeval city walls. Along the banks of the three main canals, merchants built richly decorated houses to flaunt their wealth.
More than 7,000 historical houses and buildings have been converted. By now, this creates a fascinating contrast between the old and the new. Within this modern cosmopolitan centre you will find the Royal Palace at the Dam, the West Tower and many old churches. Amsterdam is often called the gateway to Europe, not only because it is an important commercial and industrial centre at the border of the North Sea, but also because of its rich social and cultural life. Amsterdam is a melting pot of nationalities.