Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy - Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, 1019 BN, Netherlands


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MVRDV (Winy Maas, Jacob van Rijs, Nathalie de Vries): Lloyd Hotel transformation architecture with staircase and void, 2004

MVRDV are the Rotterdam-based architects responsible for the transformation of the our building into a hotel. The firm were asked to give the building its next transition. It had to be changed back into a hotel after decades of having served as a prison.

MVRDV had the insight and the cunning to come up with radical solutions which freed the building of its past without burying it. A young bureau at the time, MVRDV were approached our artistic director Suzanne Oxenaar. She was impressed with their early projects, such as the headquarters for the Public Broadcasting Company VPRO. www.mvrdv.com

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An open staircase runs from the ground-floor into the void up to the fourth floor, along a series of communal areas suspended over the restaurant.

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This void was carved through the volume up to the roof. At the west-side, a large roof-light was created.

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The view from the 6th floor hallway into the restaurant and over East Amsterdam is breath-taking.

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Projects like these (pictured above) won MVRDV international acclaim and established its leading role in the international architecture scene.

The design team for Lloyd Hotel was led by Nathalie de Vries, one of the three principal architects next to Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs. The team consisted of Fokke Moerel, Stefan de Koning, Sandor Naus, Eline Strijkers, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Stefan Witteman, Ignacio Borrego, Magali Homms, Teun Spruyt, Giselle Löb. The first sketch stems from 1996, the building works started in 1998 and lasted until 2004.


The municipality of Zaanstad in the Netherlands announced today that MVRDV has been selected as the winner of the competition for the new Cultural Cluster in the city of Zaanstad. The new building will neighbour the city's main train station, city hall and the famous Inntel Hotel, designed as a stack of green Dutch houses. The Zaandstad Cultural Cluster is part of Sjoerd Soeters' urban plan which is designed to add more local character to the inner city and construct in a ‘new Zaan style’. The 7.500m2 Cultural Cluster will house five local cultural institutions, with each institution given it's own clear presence on the building's façade in the form of a void in the shape of a historic Zaan house.

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