- SWEETS Hotel, repurposing Amsterdam’s industrial heritage
SWEETS Hotel repurposes this industrial heritage turning the bridge houses into independent suits with unique interiors, all designed with the architectural history of each of these tiny buildings in mind. Their different architectural styles showcase how the city developed and grew when new districts went up and what people thought about the city’s development in that period. Renowned Dutch architects, such as Hendrik Petrus Berlage and Pieter Lodewijk Kramer designed many of the bridges and bridge houses.
Then, in 2012, the city of Amsterdam decided to centralise control of the bridges, stripping the bridge houses – often registered architectural monuments – of their original purpose. At this point, the SWEETS interior design team stepped in, carefully converting these architectural gems to complement the style of the original architects. And with their work came some historical discoveries, like the old chimney above the ceiling in the “Amstelschutsluis” bridge house (built in 1673). The SWEETS Hotel design team kept these remains intact wherever they could. The team also balanced the traditional 17th-century Dutch materials and colours with contemporary touches. For the interiors of the “Hortusbrug” Bridge House, a small architectural icon in the “De Stijl” style, the team brought the typical elements of the famous Dutch architect and designer, Gerrit Rietveld into play, while honouring his legacy.
The lobby for this hotel-that-isn’t is the city of Amsterdam. Guests can use the electronic tablet in each bridge house as a guide to the neighbourhood and discover different aspects of Amsterdam, mostly outside the crowded city centre. In the best tradition of multi-building hotels, with this concept and the guide, SWEETS hotel aims to stimulate local businesses in many different areas of the city, making tourism a sustainable resource, without cannibalising the urban or social fabric.
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Year: 2018 ongoing
Images: SWEETS hotel/Mirjam Bleeker/Lotte Holterman
Find out more: http://www.sweetshotel.amsterdam