This unusual looking building (compared to the rest of the city) is to be found right in the centre of Amsterdam, at Herengracht 380, and it is housing the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide (NIOD).
To get a better idea of what is going on between these walls, here is an excerpt from the institute`s official website:
“Issues related to war violence generate a lot of interest from society and demand independent academic research. NIOD conducts and stimulates such research and its collections are open to all those who are interested.”
The contrast between these “heavy” fields of study and the elegance of the building itself, characterized by elements of French Renaissance architecture, is quite impressive. It gets my attention whenever I pass by.
The story of this building is just as amazing as its appearance and you may find it entirely on NIOD`s website. It is definitely worth reading.