Inntel Hotels Amsterdam-Zaandam
The new Inntel hotel in Zaandam is without a shadow of a doubt already the main eye-stopper in the revamped town centre and a building that has set many tongues wagging in the Netherlands. The iconic green wooden houses of the Zaan region were the fount of inspiration for the hotels designer, Wilfried van Winden (WAM architecten, Delft). The structure is a lively stacking of various examples of these traditional houses, ranging from a notarys residence to a workers cottage. The hotel has opened its doors
to guests from 18 March 2010.
A stack of traditional Zaandam houses
Wilfried van Winden envisages the hotel as a temporary home, alluding to that transience with the stack of houses. Visually speaking the structure is built up from a varied stacking of almost seventy individual little houses, executed in four shades of the traditional green of the Zaan region. The hotel is unique, familiar yet original and idiosyncratic. It is a design that could be realised only in Zaandam but at the same time transcends and reinvigorates local tradition. It was, moreover, specifically tailored to this site. 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 building exemplary for the Fusion Architecture that Wilfried van Winden champions. Fusion represents an inventive way of linking present and past, tradition and innovation, high culture and low. This generates a novel expressiveness that corresponds to specific local practices but is at the same time universal. But architecture naturally makes a direct appeal to the emotions as well, notes Van Winden. An acquaintance recently commented, When I drive into Zaandam and see the building standing there a smile inevitably spreads across my face. You could hardly ask for a more wonderful compliment.
A new urban plan with an elegant new hotel
The town centre and station area of Zaandam, hub of the Zaanstad municipality in the province of North Holland, are currently being radically restructured. The Inverdan urban redevelopment scheme was devised by Soeters Van Eldonk architecten, a plan that reinstates the historical street layout, reopens a canal and restores an atmosphere of congeniality to Zaandams heart. The developments continuation above the provincial road and railway means that it also interconnects the urban districts on either side of this infrastructure.
The new hotel is an important building block, the first structure to be completed within the Inverdan plan. Providing 160 guest rooms, the hotel also offers a bar-restaurant, a swimming pool, and a wellness centre with a Finnish sauna and a Turkish bath.
The conference accommodation is being built above the provincial road and is set for completion in autumn 2010. It opened its doors november the 28th. The hotel tower, with a footprint that is well-nigh square, is almost forty metres tall and has eleven floors. Constructed of timber and Eternit fibre cement cladding, the edifice is expressive, with varied fenestration, wide protruding sections, and elegant white eaves and barge-boards.
photography: Roel Backaert
© design: Molenaar & Van Winden architecten/ WAM architecten