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WAM’s Inntel Hotel Packs a Punch

March 2, 2010

Or rather, stacks it. WAM Architecten‘s kitschy addition to Holland’s northern town of Zaandam is bound to cause a stir, with its figurative and literal representation of local housing traditions in the form of stacked wooden houses typical to the region of Zaan. Designed as a ‘home from home’, the hotel building agglomerates 70 individual characteristic green and blue houses–ranging from a notary’s residence to a worker’s cottage–within the main body of the 12-floor structure constructed of timber and Eternit fibre cement cladding, due to open this April. So far, some think it’s brilliant, others have called it an unfortunate architectural Disneyfication of Dutch culture that might just go from wham to whammy once the surprise factor wears off. What do you think?

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  1. April 10, 2010 8:28 pm

    i actually saw it last tuesday when i visited Zaandam and i must say with the colors and the way its situated it looks great(and I’m definitely not a fan of this kind of architecture) but it all fit somehow.

  2. April 13, 2010 7:27 pm

    I went out there yesterday to see it – a short bike trip from central Amsterdam. I love it – a building with a sense of humour! http://richardtulloch.wordpress.com/2010/04/13/zaandam-is-this-hollands-strangest-hotel/

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