Architecture: Inntel Hotel Amsterdam – Zaandam

There are two types of hotels. First, there are the ones that merely provide a place to rest your head in between sight-seeing bouts—the hostels or chain hotels that dot popular tourist spots such as New York or Paris. And then there are ones that are so magnificent you’ll never want to leave—luxurious resorts in middle-of-nowhere Utah, rooms in romantic caves in rural Italy, or a modern spaceship in Dubai.

Zaandam town centre is being radically revamped on the basis of an urban development plan is reinstating the historical street layout, reconstructing an urban waterway and reintroducing atmosphere into the somewhat impersonal and dull town centre, employing magnified stylistic features of the historical Zaanse Schans village.The hotel  is the new centre’s eye-catcher and icon.

A project by: WAM architecten

A project by: WAM architecten

The colossal, twelve-storey-high hotel tower, essentially square in plan, is a monumental stacking and interpretation of various green-painted house types typical of the Zaan region, ranging from a stately notary’s dwelling to worker’s cottages.

‘The Blue House’, inspired by the work Claude Monet painted at Zaandam in 1871, is the ultimate attention-grabber. The overall result is striking. The varied fenestration, broad protruding sections and bay windows, and decorative white ridge-pieces lend depth and an expressive relief to the façade.

The overall result is striking.The hotel is unique, familiar yet original and idiosyncratic. It has generated a flurry of attention in Dutch and international media, from Korea to Mexico and from Japan to Sweden.

“The best compliment I’ve had,” says Van Winden, “is from friends who say the building makes them smile. This should be enough for any architect.”

For those who would like to visit it, here’s the Location:

Provinciale weg 15
Zaandam, 1506 MA


Posted on March 22, 2013, in Architecture and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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