Accessibility at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture

The Academy of Architecture is housed in two 17th-century buildings in the heart of Amsterdam: the former Oude Zijds Huiszittenhuis and in the adjacent warehouses, the Arsenaal.  In the past, this national monument served as an 'arsenal house', as an artillery warehouse, and as a municipal office. Since 1946, these buildings have housed the Academy of Architecture.

A historic building has some limitations in terms of (wheelchair) accessibility. To avoid any unpleasant surprises, please find an overview of the rooms and their accessibility below.

Easily accessible rooms (entirely at floor-level, or accessible via lift)

  • Canteen
  • Ladies' and men's toilets
  • Accessible toilet
  • Gender-inclusive toilets on first and second floors
  • Room 105, 301
  • MakerSpace (Marineterrein)

Accessible rooms (accessible with the help of ramp)

  • Hoge Zaal
  • Omloop
  • Print room

Less accessible spaces (accessible by lift, with some low doorsteps)

  • Library
  • Balkenzaal
  • De Huisjes (ground floor)
  • Rooms 106, 107, 108, 302, 303, 304
  • Westkabinet and Oostkabinet

Poorly accessible rooms (only accessible by stairs)

  • Bestuurskamer
  • Study secretariat
  • Gender-inclusive toilets in the stairwell
  • De Huisjes (first floor)
  • Model workshop
  • Rooms 309, 310, 311, 312, 401, 402

If you have any questions about your visit to the Academy of Architecture, and the accessibility of the building, you can always contact our reception: or on 020 531 8228.