Amsterdam-Oost is a lovely part of Amsterdam, with the Oosterpark as its green heart. On Mauritskade, directly adjacent to the park, the University of Amsterdam’s former Laboratory for Health Science, better known as the Zoological Institute for Tropical Diseases, became available. Our decision to redevelop was made instantly: this building, with a floor area of 7,000 m2, offered unlimited possibilities! At our own risk, we transformed it into a hotel offering 168 rooms, and also redeveloped the surrounding public space.
This historic building’s distinctive appearance has been retained, including the redbrick facade, stained-glass windows, and auditorium, now used as a bar. The contemporary glass superstructure and modern interior create an attractive mix of old and new, with the two extra stories making the building more user friendly, enhancing its visual impact and creating a balanced whole. Owner and user Patron Capital has acquired it through its own in-house brand, Generator Hostels.
The hostel has featured in numerous leading design magazines. It has earned ‘very good’ BREEAM-NL certification from the Dutch Green Building Council, making it one of the first projects in the Netherlands, and the first non-industrial building, to be certified under BRL 2014v1.0. The features that have gained it this accolade include an innovative H-VRF climate control system, recycled materials, and advanced information technology. This is a richly deserved reward for such an eclectic and colorful property, located in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark.