MMX architecten + Jord den Hollander design fun Botel extension
Boat Hotel , Amsterdam , Hotel
Boat hotels are quite common in Amsterdam, and for well-traveled visitors they propose little novelty. Amongst the wide selection of such accommodations it is also difficult for owners to make their outlet stand out. Sometimes just sleeping on a swaying ship, nevertheless romantic, is not enough to evoke a wow-factor. In search of this, Sandra Chedi, the owner of BOTEL asked for MMX’s architecten's help. Chedi recognised that however luxurious rooms her big white ship has to offer, its modest outlook is not in line with the surrounding NDSM wharf’s dynamic creativity and bohemian-industrial vibe.
To create something big and bold, MMX collaborated with architect and filmmaker Jord den Hollander, whose presence guarantees the fun and playful interpretation of any project. Together they installed huge cartoon-like letters reading BOTEL on the top of the ship. While working as a tongue-in-cheek advertising tool, the sculptural letters also take a reference to old ocean cruisers’ chimneys.
As an even more unexpected twist, the sign is functional from the inside as well: each letter houses a hotel room, as imagined by various invited designers. The unconventional shape and layout of the letters proved to be extremely inspirational allowing designers to let their creativity fly free. This is why the letter B apartment features a half-pipe for skating, or the interior of letter O was inspired entirely by the book L’histoire d’O. By taking the easy-going route of allowing designers to work individually, BOTEL’s brand new rooms don’t feature any forced moods and celebrate creativity inside and out.
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