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OMA wins Amsterdam hotel design contract

by Helen Andrews | 30 Apr 2015

The tender for the design of a hotel that will be linked to Amsterdam RAI exhibition and convention centre in the South Axis district of Amsterdam has been awarded to OMA – the architectural practice founded by Rem Koolhaas.

A total of 11 design firms were competing for the project but OMA won the contract due to its vision for additional special features. Not only will the 91m (300ft) tower hotel offer 650 bedrooms, it will house a television studio, a gallery, sculpture garden, spa centre, restaurant and bar, as well as a virtual 3D holographic meeting space for having ‘in-person’ meetings with the holographs of people in other locations.

Developer COD is expected to start construction on the project mid 2016. Set to be a base for organisers, exhibitors and visitors from large international events at the RAI complex, the hotel will offer a 24-hour experience to guests – due to the property's theme ‘on air’, focusing on connectivity, innovation and media.

The property, which will integrate seamlessly with the current Amsterdam RAI complex, will be operated by NH Hotel Group under its four-star Nhow chain.

This will be the fourth ever Nhow hotel, after properties in Rotterdam, Milan and Berlin.

The tender for the design of a hotel that will be linked to Amsterdam RAI exhibition and convention centre in the South Axis district of Amsterdam has been awarded to OMA – the architectural practice founded by Rem Koolhaas. A total of 11 design firms were competing for the project but OMA won the contract due to its vision for additional special features. Not only will the 91m (300ft) tower
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Developer COD is expected to start construction on the project mid 2016 / NH Hotel Group / OMA
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