08 May 2020 • Hospitality
This Amsterdam hotel finds a smart balance between the shared and private experience
Opened in February before the COVID-19 crisis became globally widespread, Bunk is temporarily closed due to the pandemic until 1 June 2020.
A former church in Amsterdam, built in the 1920s, has been reimagined as a trendy hotel with a twist. The building sits in the heart of a ‘live-and-kicking’ neighbourhood in the north of the Dutch capital, giving the in-house design team at Bunk the perfect opportunity to bring a quirky, urban character to the project. Having previously undergone structural adaptations following bomb damage in 1943, the insertion of a hotel concept – which bridges the ‘hostel experience with full-service hospitality’ – has become the latest adaptation to the building’s changing uses.
The spatial configuration brings together communal experiences – such as coworking, meeting spaces and, in a nod to its temporary function in the 1970s, a reinstated library – with the privacy of single-person sleeping ‘pod’ cabins or compact rooms. In a conscious effort to bring something new to the area, this unique sleeping arrangement provides room for 300 guests in single or joined accommodation. 107 ‘compact rooms’ are collected as a small village in the church atrium, each with the functionality of a complete hotel room but smartly designed to require space, combining maximum privacy with minimum cost. Defined by the existing brick arches, the interior is accentuated with bespoke timber furniture and light installations in bold, clashing colours.
Bunk offers a full range of amenities, from a sound studio to an artist-in-residence programme. It brews its own beer, vodka and gin, and the on-site restaurant comprises solely of long, communal tables, in order to encourage sharing mealtimes with other travellers. Guests are welcome to use as many or as few of the available facilities in order to fully customize their experience of staying in Amsterdam.
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