Grachtenpand is a traditional dutch house, often seen along Amsterdam’s numerous canals. The architecture style of these buildings was shaped during 17th century, when the city was experiencing economic boom. Many entrepreneurial merchants invested their newly acquired wealth into shophouses that served both as offices as well as residences.
The elaborate and, at the same time, strict design suited the new elite, that wanted to demonstrate their creativity as well as business conservatism.
Today, Grachtenpand remain the symbol of Amsterdam’s unique urban style as well as its economic power. Most of the classic houses in the city downtown still belong to elite families and wealthy corporations. Most importantly however, they belong to Amsterdam’s rich scenery that residents admire even after many years living in the city.