triangular volumes of OMA's nearly complete amsterdam hotel documented by nils koenning

triangular volumes of OMA's nearly complete amsterdam hotel documented by nils koenning

in 2015, OMA’s design — led by partner reinier de graaf — for a hotel in amsterdam received approval from local authorities, with the project topping out in early 2019. now, with the hotel nearing completion, photographer nils koenning visited the dutch capital to document the building and its surroundings. located in the city’s rapidly developing zuidas business district, the scheme will be the main hotel for amsterdam’s primary convention and exhibition center.

OMA nhow amsterdam
all images © nils koenning



the project will contain a total of 650 rooms as well as a restaurant, a bar, and a live television studio. ‘the three shifted triangular volumes of the new nhow amsterdam RAI hotel are a unique addition to amsterdam’s skyline,’ says OMA. ‘the shape of the 91-meter building draws from the triangular advertising column on the europaplein which was once so prominent on the site, but now has been overtaken by the many office buildings that have been erected in its vicinity.’

OMA nhow amsterdam



the hotel’s lobby is spread over two storeys, with retail outlets on the ground floor and a hotel lounge and bar above. 19 of the building’s 24 storeys are occupied by the hotel, with the public and semi-public facilities on the top floors. the uppermost levels, named ‘on air’, include meeting and conference rooms, lounges, and a broadcasting studio, from which a daily television show can be recorded. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

OMA nhow amsterdam

OMA nhow amsterdam

OMA nhow amsterdam



project info: 


status: under construction
client: COD (cradle of development)
location: amsterdam, netherlands
site: amsterdam zuidoost, europaboulevard
program: hotel, restaurant, congress, broadcasting studio


architect: OMA
partner-in-charge: reinier de graaf, rem koolhaas (competition)
associate in charge: michel van de kar


competition phase team: 
phase 1: anton anikeev, marc-achille filhol, alain fouraux, mark veldman, peter rieff
phase 2: eugenia bevz, geraldine van dijk, alain fouraux, aris gkitzias, hans larsson, stavros gargaretas, yushang zhang


schematic design
team: marc-achille filhol, alain fouraux, michel van de kar, roza matveeva, jonathan telkamp


design development
team: ido den boer, paloma bule, katrien van dijk, alain fouraux, michel van de kar, edward nicholson, lukasz skalec, magdalena stanescu


contractor: pleijsierbouw, g&s bouw BV
structure: van rossum raadgevende ingenieurs
MEO & vertical circulation: techniplan adviseurs BV
BREEAM consultant: techniplan adviseurs bv
fire consultant: royal haskoningDHV
acoustic consultant: royal haskoningDHV
BIM coordinator: van den berg groep

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