To give our audience eyes and ears into the live judging sessions that took place at Frame Awards 2020, we're sharing coverage of the insightful jury conversations that decided the winning projects. Below, we celebrate the Hotel of the Year: Sweets Hotel by Space & Matter, Seven New Things and Grayfield – which is remaining open for self-supporting stays during the current COVID-19 crisis. Find the full collection of reports in our upcoming May/June 2020 issue, Frame 134.
Amsterdam – Was there any other option than to announce the inventors of this new type of hospitality as the recipients of Hotel of the Year? No. The jury was very easily and eagerly swayed to declare Sweets Hotel the obvious winner.
Transforming 28 different bridge houses built along Amsterdam’s waterways between 1673 and 2009 into hotel suites, Sweets offers a unique way to discover the city and its maritime industrial heritage up close and personally. As designer, art director and Amsterdam local Marcel Wanders put it: ‘I live in this city, and this has been waiting to happen. The timing had to be right to finally find the perfect opportunity for these things. Without Airbnb-type ideas, it would never have happened. It tells a story about reuse and recycling. It’s simple, direct and intuitive. It doesn’t scream design, and it’s really Dutch in its own way.’