Contract - April 2013 - (Page 96)

Inside The Observatory at Andaz Amsterdam Inside the atrium at the new Andaz in Amsterdam (page 68), designer Marcel Wanders has created a soaring space that evokes Dutch history in very dramatic, modern interpretations. Referred to as The Observatory, the theatrical atrium recalls chapters of Dutch conquests, with sea battles and great trade routes that connected through Amsterdam. The backdrop is a blue and white wallcovering reflecting early Dutch Delft pottery and patterning. As the building used to be a library, the wallcovering is painted with scenes from early books about Dutch history. 96 photo: Courtesy andaz amsterdam installation As one would look to the heavens for navigation at night, lighting in The Observatory includes an installation of delicate, hanging golden celestial spheres and orbs that represent the strong history of Dutch exploration. Wanders also designed the spheres and halo-like light circles—some with up to 300 LEDs—as a spatial translation of the Seventh Heaven. Three bell-shaped lamps, originally designed in 2007 by Wanders—lined in gold with crystal chandeliers inside—punctuate the space and further define the atrium as thoroughly Dutch. —John CzarneCki april 2013

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Contract - April 2013
Industry News
Columnist: How Young Practitioners Can Present Themselves As Leaders
Product Focus: Rugs the Right Way
Product Focus: Sitting Pretty
Product Focus: Basking in the Sun
Product Briefs: Hospitality
Das Stue
Carousel Bar
Andaz Amsterdam
W Seattle
Designers Select: Hospitality
Ad Index

Contract - April 2013