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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.

Hotel Ambassade in Amsterdam, Holland by CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

 
November 14th, 2017 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

Since 1953 the Ambassade Hotel resides in Amsterdam, on the Herengracht and Singel, occupying an ensemble of 17th century canal houses. In the sequence of time the hotel implemented several improvements, always being faithful to the concept of an intimate and comfortable hotel: a place where guests feel at home.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

  • Architects: CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS
  • Project: Hotel Ambassade
  • Location: Herengracht 341. 1016 AZ, Amsterdam, Holland
  • Photography: Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda
  • Client: Ambassade Hotel
  • Collaborators: Giordano Baly, Alicia López, Alex Etxeberria
  • Contractors: Krämer Bouw, Gielissen Interiors
  • Main building: Brasserie: 177,65 m2 – Public areas: 114,00 m2 – Bar: 74,07 m2

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

  • Library: 41,63 m2
  • Total: 407.35 m2
  • Design of project: 2013-2014
  • Construction: 2014-2015
  • Implementation: 2015

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

In 2014 the owners of the hotel decided to commission Cruz y Ortiz Architects the renovation and increase of its public areas. Both Antonio Cruz and Antonio Ortiz have been – and still areguests of the hotel for more than 20 years.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

The scope of works was based on three main starting points: First of all, the important Cobra collection that the hotel owns should gain a more public and visible character.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Secondly, the Ambassade Hotel is highly visited by many authors who leave a signed copy of their books at the very same hotel. The library that the hotel houses, is a result of this unique collection and contains over 4000 books.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

And last, a lounge bar, small enough to meet the homey atmosphere and a new brasserie on the first floor were also part of the commission.

Taken into account the previous situation, one of the first statements made was to reorganize the spaces. Due to the building modifications introduced before, some special qualities of the houses got lost. The result – a somehow amorphous space – seemed a sum of several decisions taken over time, resulting in a loss of coherency and hiding of the canal houses original structure.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

So, first priority was to provide geometry and legibility to the spaces. The succession of aligned pass ways that were introduced in the design proposal enables the transit from one house to another, as a stroll through a sequence of spaces in which the original houses are again identifiable. Recovering the spatial orientation gives a natural calm in the perception of the hotel’s public areas.

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda

Image Courtesy © Ronald Tilleman-Jose Manuel Alorda


Image Courtesy © CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

Image Courtesy © CRUZ Y ORTIZ ARCHITECTS

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