Fletcher Hotel, Amsterdam - by Benthem Crouwel Architekten
Benthem, Crouwel Architekten designed The Fletcher Hotel as a cylindrical shaped building, with a double skin glass facade overlooking Amsterdam surroundings. At night, with the brightly lit Sky lounge restaurant on the top floor, it looks like a futuristic lighthouse. The innovative design places all communications and vertical circulation (air conditioning, heat, power) at the core of the cylindrical structure giving the rooms, especially on the upper floors unobstructed panoramic views of Amsterdam. From lounge bar, to vine cellar to hotel lobby it screams "space age" that designers creatively softened by usage of plants, earthy tones and wooden installations (cute plasma TV stand in the hotel room resembles tree trunk).
Interiors mimic design theme of the hotel with rounded walls, surfaces and windows. One interesting feature is the clear, cylindrical shower in the middle of the room that resembles shape of the hotel. This might scare some more prudish tourist, but it is a nice, anti-inhibition design twist nevertheless. Live it up, you're in Amsterdam for pete's sake!