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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Fletcher Hotel in Amsterdam, The Netherlands by KOLENIK Eco Chic Design

 
February 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: KOLENIK Eco Chic Design

The new four-star Fletcher Hotel in Amsterdam has been given a unique, sustainable interior. The hotel opened to the public on 11 January. Rising design talent Robert Kolenik (31) endowed the inspiring design with his own deliberate style: eco-chic. The eco-chic style stands for natural, unique and honest materials which simultaneously have to exude luxury and warmth too.

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  • Architects: KOLENIK Eco Chic Design
  • Project: Fletcher Hotel
  • Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Photography: Rene van Dongen
  • Project Management: M. Caransa b.v
  • Area: 7000.0 sqm
Year: 2013
  • Structural Engineering: Van RossumRaadgevendeIngenieurs, Amsterdam
  • 
Double Skin Façade: Octatube
  • Building Physics: moBius consult, Driebergen

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Kolenik incorporated the architects’ vision into the design of the interior. The interior and furniture designer agrees that the building has a considerable effect on people. “Everyone has got an opinion on the blue building right next to the A2, and I’ve emphasized this effect of surprise within the hotel too, primarily by working with round forms.” The blue colours of the exterior wall are not echoed in the interior. “I wanted to make the heart of the hotel warm, homely and timeless”, says Robert Kolenik.

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Pi

Entirely in keeping with the striking round design, Sky Restaurant, Sky Lounge & Bar Pi and the Sky boardrooms have been given the name Pi. Pi is the mathematical relationship between the diameter and circumference of a circle.

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Sky Restaurant Pi

The futuristic hotel boasts a roof terrace on the 19th floor for smokers. Below this is Sky Restaurant Pi, which offers a panoramic 360° view of the city of Amsterdam. “A completely round restaurant with an open kitchen at altitude is spectacular, and a boon for Amsterdam”, says Chris Luken, Chairman Fletcher Hotels.

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Chandelier weighing 1500 kg

Sky Lounge and Sky Restaurant Pi are the tower’s showpieces. The round forms exhibited by the bar and restaurant nicely reflect the vision of the interior designer. For the lounge Kolenik integrated one of the largest chandeliers in the world, weighing in at around 1500 kg: ‘the dream’. An amazing four metres high and nine metres wide, it is suspended above the bar in Sky Restaurant Pi in the dome of the restaurant.

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TV tree” in rooms

The flat-screen television in the hotel rooms hangs in a tree. In the plans for the room layout, where to place the television proved to be a challenge in view of the fact that it was not possible to screw anything into the outer wall. This gave Kolenik the original idea of using a tree trunk for this. The tree trunk, sourced from the Amsterdamse Bos, served as a model for the form, with 120 having been produced.

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Piano in the form of a whale

Sky Lounge & Bar Pi on the 17th floor has an 11-metre-long bar and is the place to enjoy cocktails, sushi and fingerfood. The sky lounge accommodates a unique showpiece, the Whaletone, fashioned in the form of a whale. The piano is made entirely of sustainable materials (no ivory keys) and part of the proceeds from every instrument sold goes to whale protection initiatives.

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Leather tiles and wall fold

The materials I use in my designs have to make people think; they should be, as it were, stimulated by all the different structures.” For example, for the floor of the reception and the lounge Kolenik used a tile that looks and feels like a leather tile. In reality it’s a fired ceramic tile.

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Sustainability

The building satisfies all modern requirements in terms of sustainability and the environment. This is why the hotel has been certified with the highest hallmark for sustainability for companies in the leisure sector: Green Key Gold.

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