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SWEETS hotel

Designed by: Space&Matter / Seven New Things (Suzanne Oxenaar & Otto Nan) / Grayfield
For client: SWEETS hotel Floor area: 25.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Hotel of the Year

Public Score
6.24 Function
6.23 Innovation
6.38 Creativity
Westerdoksbrug 1
© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 301 - Westerdoksbrug. What appears to be a somewhat dull concrete block on the outside, is a colorful retreat on the inside. The bridge house's former control panel is now a table for two.

About the Project

SWEETS hotel is a one-of-a-kind hotel dotted across Amsterdam in 28 different bridge houses, built along and on Amsterdam’s canals between 1673 and 2009, each one distinctively designed in the architectural style of its building period. Due to centralization of bridge control, the bridge houses lost their original purpose of working space for the city’s bridge keepers. SWEETS hotel reuses this industrial heritage by transforming the bridge houses, all connected by Amsterdam’s waterways, into stand-alone hotel suites with unique interiors, designed with the architectural history of the tiny building in mind.

Every single bridge house is an exceptional and sometimes even extreme piece of eye-catching architecture, often designed by a renowned Dutch architect. Starting construction in 2017, we soon realized that instead of designing 28 hotel rooms, we were actually creating 28 separate hotels with an absolute minimum of space; the tiny houses, some with a floor size as small as 10,5m2, were not designed for people to sleep and shower in. They often invoke the question “does it even fit a bed?”, but due to our innovative solutions, you completely forget how tiny it really is when you step inside. 28 independent hotel rooms with everything you need (double bed, bathroom, seating and pantry), offering unparalleled, panoramic views of the canals as far as the eye can see.

- 28 different locations across Amsterdam;
- Floor sizes vary from 10,5m² to 81m².

What’s unique about it

Aiming to respect and acknowledge the original architects and to continue on their wild creativity, the interior design team of SWEETS hotel (a collaboration of Space&Matter, Seven New Things and Grayfield) researches and reacts to the architectural history of each bridge house. During so-called ‘design picnics’ on location, the team chooses which elements to preserve and which to play with, creating the interior with equal intensity and attention as the exterior was made – all the while finding innovative solutions for even the tiniest bridge houses.

At SWEETS hotel, you are more than just a visitor. ‘Residents’ would perhaps be a more suitable word for our ‘guests’, who independently access their hotel room with a smartphone app. The city is their hotel lobby: with our self-composed Neighbourhood Guide, we encourage guests to discover the hidden gems in Amsterdam’s versatile neighbourhoods, simultaneously stimulating local businesses outside the city center. And while our guests are out and about exploring Amsterdam, our housekeeping drops by on electric cargo bikes to deliver fresh towels.

Altogether, SWEETS hotel has many aspects to instantly fall in love with. The views, the comfort and the freedom of temporarily having your own little house in the middle of the city: a complete experience. Whether you are a lover of (interior) architecture, history, design, tiny houses or sustainability, SWEETS hotel is the place to go.

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© SWEETS hotel / Lotte Holterman

Bridge house 311 - Zeilstraatbrug. Perched high on a column, staying in bridge house Zeilstraatbrug feels like you're floating above the water. With ribbon windows on three sides, the view is incomparable. Because of it's name ('zeil' means 'sail'), the i

Kattensloot 8
© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 304 - Kattenslootbrug. Typical brick bridge house, designed by Piet Kramer in Late Amsterdam School style (1952). For years, Piet Kramer was Amsterdam's leading architect for bridges and their matching bridge houses. He often included outdoor

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© SWEETS hotel / Lotte Holterman

Bridge house 211 - Sluis Haveneiland. Measuring 81m², Sluis Haveneiland is by far the largest of all bridge houses, so the design team went all-out with a huge bed by Dutch designer Pieke Bergmans and large pictures by Michel François.

Amstelschutsluis 3
© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 206 - Amstelschutsluis. For the interior, the design team extensively researched which materials and colors were used in the 17th century, without losing a contemporary feel. Furthermore, many small interior items are from the 17th century. T

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© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 206 - Amstelschutsluis. Built in 1673 on top of a lock complex, Amstelschutsluis is only reachable by boat; a private island in the middle of the Amstel river, with an exceptional view of the famous Skinny Bridge. A booking includes four cros

Nieuwe Amstel 2
© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 207 - Nieuwe Amstelbrug. By digging into the ground and removing the ceiling, the design team was able to build three floors; one for the bathroom and pantry, one for a living area, and one for the bed. The interior includes both contemporary

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© SWEETS hotel / Mirjam Bleeker

Bridge house 207 - Nieuwe Amstelbrug. An incredibly tiny house that got the design team worrying: how on earth will a bed, a bathroom, a pantry and seating ever fit in this little cube? Well, by digging into the ground, removing the ceiling and building t

Hortusbrug 7
© SWEETS hotel / Lotte Holterman

Bridge house 204 - Hortusbrug. Continuing on Dirk Sterenberg's inspiration: Rietveld, De Stijl and Bauhaus.

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© SWEETS hotel / Dieuwertje Komen

Bridge house 204 - Hortusbrug. Designed in 1956 by Dirk Sterenberg, who was clearly inspired by Rietveld, De Stijl and Bauhaus. It is located right next to the well-known Hortus Botanicus and other 17th-century buildings.

Location of project:
SWEETS hotel / Seven New Things



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