This week, the tiling of the 110 metres long cycle and pedestrian tunnel below Amsterdam Central Station started. Irma Boom designed the decoration of the tunnel and approached Royal Tichelaar Makkum for the development and production of 70.000 handmade and hand painted tiles. Since every tile has a unique position in the cladding, Royal Tichelaar Makkum also took the fixing of the tiles as part of the project.
Irma Boom’s design is based on a tile scene by Cornelis Bouwmeester, previously restored by Royal Tichelaar Makkum for the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. The tile cladding of the tunnel covers the floor, the walls and the ceiling. Irma Boom adapted the eighteenth century tile scene in such a way that an impressive contemporary image is created.