QO Amsterdam
IHG
 
 
Stylish and sustainable is no contradiction
The QO Hotel, based on the banks of the Amstel in Amsterdam, is a key example of a new approach to sustainability within the hotel industry.
Photography by Today’s Brew
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As an issue of growing global importance, sustainability has become a particular priority within the world of hotel design.

The concept between the 300+ room hotel is a “circular design” which looks at how to make the most of resources and then recycle and reuse them as best as you can. It’s where you have a system – or a building – where not much energy needs to go in and very little energy comes out, so it’s moving in the direction of self-sufficiency.
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Architectural practices Mulderblauw and Paul de Ruiter worked on the design of the new hotel tower, using recycled and natural materials as far as possible, along with an intelligent facade that uses passive design principles to regulate the internal temperature within the highly insulated structure.

We were asked to design the guest-room floors, with Dutch practice Tank responsible for the public areas.
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Within the design of the guest rooms natural materials were used almost exclusively, with oak floors and joinery, as well as tactile elements including leather and brass. The choice of Dutch-engineered brick in the bathrooms and a Belgian limestone for the vanities emphasises a focus on locality.

Each room features full-height windows with fantastic urban views. Maximising the sense of space and the views was a priority from the outset, so we developed a fluid layout that allows the bedroom and bathroom to read as one space, subtly differentiated by shifts in materials and finishes.

The design overall is unashamedly contemporary and clean, with careful attention to materials and detailing.
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‘There’s natural texture and tactility that comes from using materials in their original form and, combined with a sense of space and the quality of the finishes, it helps to encapsulate a definition of luxury within the QO brand.’
 
Tina Norden | Partner, Conran and Partners
Awards
 
 
 
FRAME Awards
People’s choice – Sustainability award
 
2019
QO Amsterdam
Winner
 
 
Ahead Global
Urban Hotel | New Build
 
2019
QO Amsterdam
Third
 
 
Hotelforum Awards
Hotel Property
 
2018
QO Amsterdam
Winner
 
 
FX Awards
Hotel
 
2018
QO Amsterdam
Shortlisted
 
 
AHEAD Europe
Urban Hotel | New Build
 
2018
QO Amsterdam
Winner
 
 
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