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Tuesday, 05 May 2015 22:41cat

The Netherlands Largest Hotel Unveiled

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The Netherlands Largest Hotel Unveiled Rem Koolhaas / OMA

Located on the southern edge of the Amsterdam RAI convention and exhibition center, construction on the Netherlands largest hotel will begin in the middle of next year. The 650-room, 91-meter tall nhow Amsterdam RAI was designed by OMA and the NH Hotel Group and will be developed by COD.

With three stacked triangular volumes that shift rotationally it will add a “unique presence” to the city’s skyline.

“Since the rise of the Zuidas, Amsterdam RAI needed a new urban presence,” said OMA partner, Reinier de Graaf, “The prominent advertising pillar ‘the Signaal’ provided inspiration for the nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel: inasmuch part of the new context, as well as an extension of Amsterdam RAI itself.”

The 25th floor of the hotel will have a bar, restaurant and a multimedia lounge for meetings and presentations. nhow Amsterdam will also serve as a television studio, a gallery with a sculpture garden and a spa center. Additionally, the lounge will feature virtual 3D holographic meeting space for “in person” meetings with holographs of people in another location.

This project has been on the drawing board for 15 years and was originally slated to contain 800 rooms. The municipality, however, canceled that design due to its proximity to Beatrix Park.


Sources: NL Times, Architecture and Design

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