Thursday, May 20, 2010
Meta-Housing: Super-Sized Hotel Made of Stacked-Up Homes
This new hotel in the Netherlands has sparked a great deal of conversation by using the traditional form of regional homes and cottages in a surrealistic stack (some even seeming to sit sideways or upside-down) as part of a relatively huge city-central structure.
The Inntel Hotel, designed by Molenaar & Van Winden Architecten + WAM Architecten features 160 rooms and sits 11 stories high, towering over much of its surroundings and sticking out for miles around – for better or worse – from its urban landscape. From their overall forms down to the white and green facades, wood-carved decor and window treatments, the component ‘houses’ in the design were patterned after actual conventional structures in the area.