19871992

Wagons Lits Office Building and Ibis Hotel

The central position on the square next to Amsterdam Central Station determined the deisgn for this complex that consists of an office building and a hotel. The office tower has rounded corners on all sides, which gives it a fluid, all-round presence on this central location, with unrestricted views of the city from every angle.

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A glittering effect, echoes the water

A layered composition of balconies, sunbreaks and clear glass render this building transparent. Its main structure is a combination of steel and concrete, with facades of silver-grey aluminium panels and steel parts that always reflect the colour of the sky. The lower volume, which houses a hotel, has an undulated façade with a pattern of square windows – bathroom window in the indentations, hotel room windows in the protrusions. The wavy façade and the use of glass bricks creates a glittering effect, that is activated both by sunlight and artificial lighting after dark, echoing the water of the IJ right next to the building.

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Architect
Benthem Crouwel Architects
Client
BV Nemeog, Utrecht
Location
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Gross floor area
Office 6.102 m²
Hotel 5.770 m²
Start design
1987
Start construction
1991
Completion
1992