WAM ARCHITECTEN (MOLENAAR & VAN WINDEN), 2006-2010, Provincialeweg 102, Zaandam
Hotel Inntel Zaandam / Hotel Inntel Zaandam ( WAM architecten (Molenaar & Van Winden) )
© 2011 Ossip van Duivenbode
The centre of Zaandam is being radically recast on the back of an urban plan by Sjoerd Soeters. Soeters' plan revivifies the old street pattern, refills a dry canal with water and injects a vibrant ambience into the dispassionate, dull town centre by introducing scaled-up versions of the 'quaint' stylistic traits of Zaan district architecture. The stand-out feature is the Inntel Hotel by WAM Architects along the N203 (Provincialeweg). Sited in part on an existing viaduct, it boasts 160 rooms and a conference centre. The almost square hotel tower is a gigantic 12-storey-high collage cum stack of Zaan house types. Yet the facades are not of wood but of cement-bonded particle boards with a wood finish.