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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.

Botel in Amsterdam, Netherlands by MMX architecten + Jord den Hollander

 
September 8th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: MMX architecten

“How can you improve the look of the hotelboat, in order to make it fit in with the dynamics and creativity of the NDSM wharf, in the north of Amsterdam?”

This was the question that Botel-owner Sandra Chedi put to MMX-architecten (Arjan van Ruyven & Michiel van Pelt) in 2011. Together with filmmaker and architect Jord den Hollander they developed a bold plan. Five 6.5 -meter-high hotelrooms in the shape of huge toy letters make up the silhouette B O T E L on top of the ship. The white hotel boat has been given a cheerful crown, referring to the chimneys of the ocean liners that used to come off the now derelict NDSM slipways.

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

  • Architects: MMX architecten + Jord den Hollander
  • Project: Botel
  • Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Photography: Marcel van der Burg, Janiek Dam, Yvone Witte
  • Interior design: Richard Hutten &Prast&Hooft, MMX architecten, Jord den Hollander, Moriko Kira
  • Main building partners:
    • PS Frames letter: EPS Products with Thijs Zwakman
    • Interior finishing: Fiction Factory
  • Client: Amstel Botel, Sandra Chedi
  • Start design: May 2011
  • Start constuction: July 2014
  • Completion: July 2015

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

For the interiors of the letters MMX came up with the idea to challenge several designers. Richard Hutten designed a half-pipe in the B,  Ronald Hoofd (&Prast&Hooft) was inspired by the book L’ Histoire d’O for O and architect Moriko Kira turned the L into an oasis of calm. Designer Jord den Hollander made the smallest cinema of the Netherlands in the E, and MMX-architecten saw in the top room of the T the captain’s quarters of Botel.

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Yvone Witte

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Janiek Dam

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Marcel van der Burg

Image Courtesy © Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten Arjan van Ruyven

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten Arjan van Ruyven

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten Michiel van Pelt

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten Michiel van Pelt

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy ©  Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

Image Courtesy © MMX architecten and Jord den Hollander

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