YOTEL Amsterdam

In November 2019, the first guests checked into YOTEL Amsterdam in the city’s north.
Fronting Tolhuiskanaal, we designed the waterfront hotel as five different, interconnected volumes in a park-like setting. Varying in height, function and atmosphere, they are concentrated around a series of courtyards. At the heart of the complex are collective spaces where tourists, business travellers and locals come together. The high transparent ground floor enables a seamless flow between the landscape and interior. On the sunny side, the public restaurant, terrace, garden and jetty form an attractive ensemble on the waterfront. The hotel is firmly rooted in the neighbourhood thanks to close collaborations with local partners for the hospitality elements, art and facilities.

Future-proof hotel design, rooted in the circular and social development of Buiksloterham.

The façade is constructed of titanium-coloured recycled aluminium panels where their colour and composition create an ever-changing play of light and shadow. With this façade fronting all sides, the hotel blends easily into the industrial surroundings.


A hotel with collective spaces, an innovative water system and a seamless flow between the interior and the landscape.

The architecture and the meandering park-like landscape designed by DELVA, are designed with a focus on technical innovations. Buiksloterham is disconnected from the city heating system and the gas network hence the building is powered by an all-electric system. Part of the energy is generated by solar panels located on the roofs of both the hotel and the neighbouring industrial hall. Energy requirements are minimised in the hotel operations. To reduce the high level of water usage common to hotels, DELVA, Arup and Techniplan designed a circular system that collects, stores and visibly reuses rainwater for irrigation and flushing toilets. The building received a BREEAM Excellent certification.

The unique circular water system solves the extremely high water usage common in hotels.

Sustainability and technology are leading factors in the project for all partners. And because the water demand of hotels is huge (about 200 liters of water per room per day!) we created with this team a circular water system that collects, holds, filters and recycles water for various applications, including a play fountain. 

Water need, water use and potential water collection in m3 per year and in percentage.


The 202 hotel rooms are located in the two high volumes. The rooms are either one, two or three units wide and the interior of these ‘cabins’ is inspired by first class travel with a technical, compact and luxurious design. Prefabricated and self-supporting, the units were stacked on site directly from the truck with a ‘stacking time’ of only eight weeks. By prefabricating the units this allowed a greater speed of construction, optimal production conditions and the minimising of waste and transport.
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