202 hotel rooms, bar, restaurant, garden
YOTEL Amsterdam is largely circular and realized with respect for the circular and social development of Buiksloterham. From the outset the community was extensively involved in the development of the hotel, to ensure the best result. Their wishes where clear: more green spaces and hospitality venues. As a result, YOTEL Amsterdam introduced an integrated design with collective spaces, an innovative water system and a seamless flow between the interior and the landscape.
"The local community stressed the need for more green spaces and hospitality venues. And our design is based on these needs"
Fronting Tolhuiskanaal, YOTEL Amsterdam is a 202-room hotel, consisting of five different, interconnected volumes in a park-like setting. Varying in height, function and atmosphere, they are concentrated around a series of courtyards. At the heart of the complex are collective spaces where tourists, business travelers and locals come together. On the sunny side, the public restaurant, terrace, garden and jetty form an attractive ensemble on the waterfront. The hotel remains firmly rooted in the neighborhood thanks to close collaborations with local partners for the hospitality elements, art and facilities.
The meandering park-like landscape, designed DELVA Landscape Architecture & Urbanism, surrounds the hotel. A variety of perennials and grasses is diverse and are specifically chosen to stimulate biodiversity.
Smart design, innovation and sustainability played key roles in every aspect of the development of the building. And because the water demand of hotels is huge (about 200 liters of water per room per day!), a circular water system was devised to collect, hold, filter and recycle water for various applications, including flushing the toilets.
The development of YOTEL Amsterdam made great efforts to seek out green construction practices. Opting for a modular building method, construction time was cut, optimal production conditions were enabled, and waste and transport minimized. The 202 cabins, located in the two high volumes, were built off-site, and then assembled on location – with a ‘stacking time’ of only eight weeks.
"We aimed to stretch the hotel’s communal functions as much as possible to create maximum engagement with the garden"