FIVE-STAR CITY HABITAT A TEAM OF MARKET OPERATORS MAKES A CASE FOR BUILDING A HOTEL IN THE CORNER OF THE AMSTELKWARTIER THAT WILL BE THE EPITOME OF SUSTAINABILITY. AN EXAMPLE OF BUSINESS OPERATION, DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT GIVING RISE TO MUCH DEBATE. Right by the Amstel railway station, the River Amstel makes a sharp bend: behind the old dyke there was a triangular plot used for water purification, with its base on the water and its apex alongside the Kauwgomballenfabriek (chewing-gum factory). Apart from the two towers of DWR (Hertzberger), all obsolete industrial buildings on the historic polder partition. This will be a leading residential and business area. Water and recreation outside the dyke, and on the old lines, residential blocks with courtyard gardens along streets lined with trees. The metro, and railway station are both nearby. In the natural environment of the Amstel, between the office districts in the city centre, Zuidas business district and Amsterdam Zuidoost districts. However long their stay, the mix is ideal for visitors: the peace and quiet of a residential area, coupled with the dynamism of the city and the beauty of the natural surroundings. A five-star hotel offers expatriates a pleasant pied-à-terre in a local neighbourhood. The rooms are situated in a tower built up of terraces: the view spans from the River Amstel to the city centre to the north, while the terrace is oriented towards the sun. Innovative services are integrated, offering residents and visitors a meeting place and inviting a discussion of sustainability, both in the city and in life. H2O-TEL: A MOUNTAIN OF WATER THE HANGING GARDENS OF BABYLON: ONE OF THE SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD. NOT BECAUSE THE PLANTS WERE SPECIAL, OR BECAUSE THEY WERE ‘HANGING’, BUT BECAUSE PEOPLE CREATED, WITH PASSION, AN URBAN ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THEY COULD FLOURISH. An accessible base for residents and visitors that fits the residential and commercial nature of the location. An open design with numerous activities. Shops, wellness and hospitality, but also spaces that can be used for various purposes throughout the changing seasons. From a fashion show of warm winter clothes made from the latest materials through to organic tapas in summer. Above, apartments offering expatriates a socially integrated stay, and above these luxurious hotel rooms. Living in this new city is something to be experienced and talked about. Goods delivered in hydrogen-powered boats. A new type of lighting powered by energetic dancing or training on the treadmill. A knowledge centre for the conscious world citizen: a practical demonstration to residents and visitors, businesses and government that sustainability is not something to be 'achieved', but rather a continuous process furthered by everyone. The base of the hotel is laid down in the urban master plan: a wedge at the southern point of the Amstelkwartier, focused around the activity of the Kauwgomballenfabriek, and with its back to the north and a view over the water to the city. With a system of bay windows in front of the facade, the terraces with their vertical gardens are now both in the sun and have views of the city. The result is an urban sculpture: ‘hill terraces over the water’.