WAM Architecten have completed a hotel that looks like a pile of houses in Zaandam, the Netherlands. The design of the Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Zaandam is both a figurative and and literal representation of local architectural traditions typical to the region of Zaandam.
It fuses 70 individual characteristic green and blue houses ranging from from a notary’s residence to a worker’s cottage. The 11-storey building is forty meters tall and includes 160 rooms.
Wilfried van Winden, the hotel’s designer, envisaged the hotel as a temporary home, alluding to that transience with the stack of houses. The hotel is familiar yet original, and charismatic in the way it reinvigorates local tradition. It was specifically tailored to the site. ‘The Blue House’, inspired by the work Claude Monet painted at Zaandam in 1871, is the ultimate attention-grabber.
This is an interesting way to recycle heritage houses in Halifax that would otherwise be destroyed by developers. This type of fusion design represents an inventive way of linking present and past, tradition and innovation, high culture and low.