Unlike Hongkong, Montreal and a few other cities, Amsterdam does not have an internationally known and recognized skyline. Instead, the Dutch capital is more like a tapestry where sometimes the architecture is very modern, then again charmingly old.
Like many a city that hasn't been fully destroyed by one war or another, Amsterdam consists of a rather old city center where the houses feature the famed facades and typically Dutch gables; often arranged in rows along one of the many canals. In other parts of the city, equally old yet more solid looking, those who stroll through the city will find mansions and villa's that now house embassies, lawyers, publishers and many a well-known TV personality.
These and a few other parts, for example Museum Square with its three world-famous musea plus the Concert Hall, is what most people who visit the city get to see. While Museum Square has seen a few restyling efforts and is now a mix of the old and the new, there are places where the expanding city has been allowed to become a playground for modern architects and designers.