W Hotel Exchange
Amsterdam
2011–2015
W Hotel Exchange
Amsterdam
2011–2015
Transformation of a historic building into a five-star hotel
Address: Spuistraat 175, Amsterdam
Gross floor area: 13.650 m2
Client: Europe Hotels | Private Collection
Architecture: Office Winhov
Team: Uri Gilad, Joost Hovenier, Carlo van Steen, Charles Hueber, Angeliki Loutisou, Pascal Henneberque, Narda Beunders, Anna Tabellini, Camille Moreau
Interior design: Baranowitz + Kronenberg
Photographer: Stefan Müller
W Hotel Exchange
Amsterdam
2011–2015

The design for the former Government Office for Transactions and Telephony will give this historic building a second life by transforming it into a five-star hotel with 176 rooms. Joseph Crouwel originally designed the building in 1925 and was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Larkin building. The building has a robust concrete construction with a monumental brick facade. The project involves restoring the exterior of the building and replacing the façade of the inner court. A new refined glass construction will be added that extends into a panoramic roof structure. These additions form a complementing yet contrasting intervention in the existing building. The hotel facilities, reception, bar and restaurant, open to the public will be located on the uppermost floor, which will allow the visitors to experience a wonderful view of the city. The new panoramic floor also underlines the new public character of the building with an upsidedown hotel concept. W hotel Amsterdam will include both the former Government Office for Transactions and Telephony and the former Kas Bank building.

 

W Hotel Exchange
Amsterdam
2011–2015
New facade inner court
Rijkskantoorgebouw voor Geld- en Telefoonbedrijf, 1928
W Hotel Amsterdam, 2015
View from the Radhuisstraat
View from the Dam square
Removal of the existing additions Removal of the existing additions
Removal of the existing additions
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The rooftop swimming pool
Original concrete construction and new inner court
New facade inner courtyard
Transformation of the inner courts Transformation of the inner courts
Transformation of the inner courts
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Mr Potter restaurant
The new bridge to the restaurant
Facade Radhuisstraat
Site plan Second floor plan Fifth floor plan Section
Site plan
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Transformation of the inner courts
View from the W Lounge
View from Paleisstraat
Glass sample of the new facades
Hotel room