202 hotel rooms, bar, restaurant, garden
YOTEL Amsterdam is largely circular and realized with respect for the sustainable and social development of Buiksloterham. The local community was extensively involved in the development of the hotel, ensuring an optimal result. From the outset, it became clear that there was an apparent need for spacious greenery and inviting hospitality venues. This led to 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. A meandering park-like landscape, designed DELVA Landscape Architecture & Urbanism, surrounds the hotel. It features a variety of perennials and grasses, each specifically chosen to stimulate biodiversity.
YOTEL Amsterdam forms part of the transformation of the industrial Buiksloterham site into a mixed urban neighbourhood. From a social perspective, the hotel works with local partners to provide the coffee, beer, art and film. Spatially, the building connects to an existing network of routes such as the main road Asterweg and the new perpendicular pedestrian and cycle path towards the EYE museum with a new bridge over Tolhuiskanaal.
Smart design, innovation and sustainability played key roles in every aspect of the development of the building. Buiksloterham is disconnected from the city heating system and the gas network hence the building is powered by an all-electric system. Part of the energy is generated by solar panels located on the roofs of both the hotel and the neighbouring industrial hall. Energy requirements are minimized in the hotel operations. To reduce the high level of water usage common to hotels (about 200 liters of water per room per day!), a circular system collects, stores and visibly reuses rainwater for irrigation and flushing 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 surrounding landscape."