Space&Matter converts Amsterdam's bridge keeper's houses into hotel rooms - architecture and design

Space&Matter converts Amsterdam's bridge keeper's houses into hotel rooms



Dutch architecture firm Space&Matter has turned a series of redundant canal-side bridge keeper's houses in Amsterdam into the SWEETS hotel.
Connected by the city's waterways instead of corridors, the suites occupy 28 different bridge houses and are collectively known as SWEETS hotel.

The bridge houses were built along Amsterdam's canals between 1673 and 2009 and each suite is decorated to reflect the architectural history of that particular building.
For over 100 years the bridge houses accommodated the city's many bridge keepers who were responsible for opening the bridges for passing water traffic.

Due to centralisation of bridge control, the bridge houses became redundant. The SWEETS hotel project repurposes these historical buildings, preventing them from falling into disrepair or being demolished. "With building dates between 1673 and 2009, the bridge houses carry an extensive history," said Space&Matter. "Visiting them in chronological order is like a journey through time: their various architectural styles reveal how the city developed and grew."

Many of the city's bridges and bridge houses are designed by renowned Dutch architects with distinct architectural ideas.
"A bridge house was like the crown on top of their work," explained the firm. "Instead of having many technical restrictions while designing the bridge itself, the architect could put all his creativity in designing the tiny house on top."
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