W Hotel Exchange Amsterdam
Transformation of a historic building into a five-star hotel
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.
Office Winhov is the proud winner of the ARC16 Oeuvre Award. The office is praised by the jury for our ability to translate social developments into interventions in the daily environment. A growing number of buildings illustrate a strong feeling for location and atmosphere. According to the jury, Office Winhov inspires the future generation of architects and designers.
Architecture: Office Winhov
Interior design: Baranowitz + Kronenberg
Photographer: Stefan Müller