Greenest hotel in The Netherlands arises on Amsterdam’s Java Island
Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam is a new spectacular sustainable hotel by WestCord Hotels
On the tip of Java Island, in the centre of Amsterdam, an extraordinary sustainable hotel with spectacular architecture is currently being built. Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam is the latest acquisition of WestCord Hotels, which leads the group in a new, innovative direction. The Dutch hotel group started in 1968 by opening Hotel de Wadden on the Northern Dutch Wadden island, Vlieland, and has over the years developed itself into an established hotel group, of which the renowned Hotel New York in Rotterdam is also a member of. The plot of the latter used to be the departure point for westbound ocean liners from Rotterdam to New York. Coincidentally the location of the new Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam was the location where ships sailed from Amsterdam to Jakarta, in the Far East. The hotel is expected to open its doors for tourists, business travellers and locals, in June 2018.
Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam
In 2014, the city of Amsterdam issued a tender for the development of a hotel on Java Island as part of a redevelopment programme. WestCord Hotels and architectural firm SeARCH submitted the winning hotel concept, collaborating with the Tropenmuseum and Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam. Apart from having an outstanding design from an architectural point of view, the hotel concept also excels in sustainability and its programmes for the public.
Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam will act as a symbol for the historical maritime connection with Java, and will function as a home away from home to curious world travellers looking to explore unknown cultures and experiences. The hotel is destined to be a multicultural melting pot and a vibrant part of town. The involvement of the Tropenmuseum, an ethnographic museum, will definitely enhance this cultural experience.
The ground floor is designed as a large open space with an atrium at the core. This floor will house all the public spaces, including a large restaurant with an oyster bar, a bakery with espresso bar, and a wellness area with pool. All of these spaces will have a transparent and inviting feel, and combine an industrial character with modern-Asian elements. The restaurants are intended to function as a meeting place for hotel guests, neighbourhood residents and locals; an inspiring venue where one can eat, drink, work and relax. On the first floor of the hotel there will be three multifunctional rooms, which can easily be converted into a 245 m2 meeting room.
Subtropical indoor garden
In the central atrium, Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam will create a subtropical garden. They have carefully selected some 10 meter long palm trees and other indigenous plants from Asia.
The top floor of the hotel will feature a sky bar called Malabar with a panoramic view over the river IJ. The name Malabar is a derivative of a volcano on Java, and the bar will serve cocktails with equally eruptive flavours. There is also an elevation in the bar that has room for a DJ booth, where talented young and renowned DJs will be given the chance to entertain the crowd. To top it all off, the bar will serve Asian bites.
Boutique style rooms
A genius construction of wood and concrete can be found inside the 200 rooms and suites. It has been constructed off site and is being built in on location. The boutique style rooms will have a warm and intimate feel thanks to the use of wood, combined with some Indonesian details. All rooms have a balcony that can be completely closed off with glass, resulting in an extra isolating layer, keeping the warmth inside and noise outside.
Sustainable and ecological
Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam will be a spectacular building on the tip of the Java Island with a transparent glass facade, and a unique 30-meter high wooden, bearing construction. Beams, columns, ceilings and frames are made of natural wood with an FSC and PEFC certification. The materials that have been selected are at their most beautiful in an unfinished state, leaving most walls and ceilings raw and unadorned, which results in a perfect revelation of the wooden structure of the building. Finishing materials with a short lifecycle, or materials that cannot be recycled will not be used in the design. Nearly all elements can be dismantled and reused at some point.
Apart from the sustainable construction of the hotel, there will be many energy-saving measurements, like using rainwater to sprinkle the indoor garden. PV panels on the facade and roof of the atrium will provide a hot shower in each room.
A warmth- and cold storage system will take care of heating and cooling the hotel. Even the staff will wear sustainably made company clothing, designed by fashion label By Rockland | HACKED by.
Thanks to all these sustainable efforts, Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam will be an energy neutral building that qualifies for a BREEAM Excellent certificate, making this the most sustainable hotel in The Netherlands when it opens this spring.