Reinier de Graaf, Architect-Partner at OMA discusses with Gert-Wim Bos, director at developer COD, on Thursday 28 February 2019 the design and development of nhow, Amsterdam Rai Hotel. The groundbreaking design with the three characteristic turned triangular volumes is derived from the once so typical triangular advertising column ‘Het Signaal’ on the Europaplein. The 1·Lectures move once again to the OBA Public Library on the Oosterdok for this particular lecture.
Nhow Amsterdam RAI Hotel will be the main hotel for RAI Amsterdam convention and exhibition centre and a new urban presence in Amsterdam’s rapidly developing Zuidas business district. It is to be the largest hotel of the Benelux, with 650 rooms in total. The complex, including a restaurant, bar, and a live television studio, provides places for work as well as entertainment, also after the opening hours of events in the RAI. The hotel’s facade is made of aluminum and a filling of glass panels. The building has 24 floors, of which 19 floors are occupied by the hotel, each floor accommodating 24 to 36 hotel rooms. The hotel lobby is spread over two floors, with separately rentable retail spaces on the ground floor and a hotel lounge and bar on the first floor.
About Reinier de Graaf
Reinier de Graaf joined OMA in 1996. He is responsible for building and masterplanning projects in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, including Holland Green in London (completed 2016), the new Timmerhuis in Rotterdam (completed 2015), G-Star Headquarters in Amsterdam (completed 2014), De Rotterdam (completed 2013), and the Norra Tornen residential towers in Stockholm. In 2002, he co-founded AMO, the think tank of OMA, and produced The Image of Europe, an exhibition illustrating the history of the European Union.
About Gert-Wim Bos and COD
Gert-Wim Bos is director of COD, real estate developer. The name COD is short for Cradle of Development. Out of eleven parties that competed for the development of a hotel in the Green Zoom, the triangle between the RAI, A10 and Europaboulevard, COD, Being Development, OMA and NH Hotel Group eventually emerged as the winner. Other buildings in Amsterdam designed by COD include De Werf at the NDSM shipyard, Hof Prinsengracht and the Generator Hotel.
Date: Thursday 28 February 2018
Time: 8 PM / Doors open 7.30 PM
Location: Different location: OBA Public Library Oosterdok, Oosterdokskade 143, 1011 DL Amsterdam.
Tickets: Students of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture have free access on presentation of their student card. For this lecture they have to make a reservation via firstname.lastname@example.org. Single tickets (€ 12,50 each) in the webshop of the Amsterdam Architecture Centre are sold out.
About the 1·Lectures
Since 2014, the Academy of Architecture has been organising the 1·Lectures in collaboration with the Amsterdam Architecture Centre. This series of architectural lectures provides a platform for speakers from home and abroad to talk about a variety of topics from the international world of architecture, urban planning and landscape architecture.