LLOYD is a unique historic building that opened in 1921 on the Oostelijke Handelskade in Amsterdam. Architect Evert Breman designed an eclectic building, in which all kinds of architectural styles are mixed. The symmetrical building served primarily as a hotel for emigrants. Large groups of (Eastern) Europeans departed from the Royal Lloyd Hotel onwards to South America. When, in 1935, the Royal Lloyd goes bankrupt, the building is taken into use by the Municipality of Amsterdam. After this, the building has had many different functions: as a shelter for refugees, a German prison, house of detention (for adults and later also for minors) and in the 90s it served a more artistic purpose: as artists studio’s.