After more than a hundred years, Amsterdam’s bridge control buildings will soon become redundant due to the new advanced central operating systems. By operating the bridges' functions with far less bridge-men, the bridge houses have lost their former function. This heralds a new chapter in their history. What future awaits them and how shall we cherish them as valuable relics?
In order to preserve the value of the individual buildings and that of the ensemble, Space&Matter teamed up with partners the Lloyd Hotel and Grayfield to transform the twenty-eight bridge houses into hotel suites; a distributed hotel that spreads from the upper north, across the IJ River, to the south of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, with its famous streets and successful bars and restaurants, will improve its common hotel facilities with the introduction of bridge houses as its exclusive suites. Inside the Sweets (referring to the phonetical association with suites), its visitors will experience Amsterdam city-life from a new perspective. The views over the canals and the historical value of the bridge houses will create a memorable visit. Since all Sweets are next to the water, a water-taxi service will ensure that the Sweet feeling starts as soon as you hop on at central station.
With its completion in 2017, Sweets will become a unique hospitality concept, never done before.