February 08, 2019

nhow Amsterdam RAI tops out

COD and co-developer Being Development announced the ‘topping out’ of nhow Amsterdam RAI, reaching 24 storeys and a height of 91 metres. The 650 room hotel, designed by OMA, will enrich the city skyline and be the largest newly built hotel in the Benelux.

On February 8th developers COD and Being Development celebrated a key construction milestone with a festive ‘topping out’ ceremony, marked by a spectacular ‘mapping projection’. Joining COD and Being Development for this joyous occasion were representatives from NH Hotel Group, RAI, OMA, Pleijsier Bouw and many other involved parties.

Gert-Wim Bos Director of COD: “nhow Amsterdam RAI looks astonishing and will become a welcome addition to the Amsterdam skyline. We are on track to deliver the building as planned. It is a huge and complex project, but we are pleased with the tremendous progress made.”

Bas van Dam, CEO at Being Development: “The ‘topping out’ of nhow Amsterdam RAI is the culmination of a major effort and close coorporation with everybody involved. We look forward to reaching the next major milestone in the construction of the hotel.”

Conveniently located next to the RAI Amsterdam Convention Center – and connected via Amsterdam’s metro system -, nhow Amsterdam RAI will help the city attract additional business tourism by giving the Convention Centre a high-quality headquarter hotel for visitors, exhibitors, speakers and organizing teams onsite. The hotel, operated under NH Hotel Group’s nhow brand family, will also serve as a new social and multicultural hub for business travellers, tourists and Amsterdam locals alike, with high-end gastronomy and services that reinforce the nhow experience.

Following the commencement of construction in September 2016 – by contractor Pleijsier Bouw – the hotel has emerged as an iconic landmark of the Amsterdam skyline. The ground-breaking design by world-renowned architectural firm OMA, with its three characteristic twisted triangular volumes, takes inspiration from the once-famous triangular advertisement post called ‘Het Signaal’ (The Signal) on Europaplein, the square in front of the RAI.

OMA’s Partner-in-Charge Reinier de Graaf: “Amsterdam taxi drivers are the kind of people who tell you their honest opinion. Whenever we pass nhow Amsterdam RAI, their unsolicited comments are positive without exception. As the architect, I take this as a big compliment.”

The hotel was designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification. The sustainable development will become one of Europe’s largest hotels to have been granted an excellent rating, underscoring the environmental commitment of developers COD and Being Development, NH Hotel Group and architect OMA.



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