Zandaam City Center
Architects: Molenaar & van Winden Architecten
Location: Zandaam / Netherlands
Execution Year: 2011
Zaandam town centre is being radically revamped. The urban development plan is reinstating the historical street layout, reconstructing an urban waterway and reintroducing atmosphere into the somewhat impersonal and dull town centre, employing magnified stylistic features of the historical Zaanse Schans village. The hotel Zaandam is the new centre’s eye-catcher. The colossal, twelve-storey-high hotel tower, essentially square in plan, is a monumental stacking and interpretation of various green-painted house types typical of the Zaan region, ranging from a stately notary’s dwelling to worker’s cottages. The overall result is striking and caught attention worldwide.