Together with architectural office J. van Stigt we transformed this listed building designed by D.E.C. Knuttel into one of Amsterdam’s finest hotels with some 129 rooms of the highest quality imaginable. We subtly mixed old with new, successfully preserving and accentuating the listed building’s charm by paying very careful attention to the detailing and choice of materials used for the construction of the inner atrium. This resulted in a particularly stunning interior that creates a unique public space of international allure for the Netherlands.
The basic premise for this transformation and hence our design was how to blend new structures with the existing building. The results can be seen in the new atrium. This central area in the courtyard of the former conservatory of music now forms the main entrance to the hotel. The open stairway and floating glass conference room add an extra dimension that verges on the surrealistic. Public facilities are available on the ground floor, including a restaurant and exclusive boutiques, and in the basement a spa and gym.
The listed building’s corridors and stairways have been spectacularly restored to reveal its tiling, groined vaults and natural stone columns for all to admire. For the interior, the Italian architect Pierro Lissoni was involved. Duplex rooms are located behind the windows along the Van Baerlestraat. They have a lounge and bathroom downstairs and a bedroom on their mezzanine level. Suites are located in the building’s corner towers.