Cool Space: Generator Hostel Amsterdam

WORDS Malibongwe Tyilo IMAGES Nikolas Koenig via Yatzer

Since it was founded more than 20 years ago, Generator Hostels has opened some 12 locations across Europe, including Paris, Rome, Venice, Stockholm, London and Berlin. Their tenth location, which opened earlier this year, was in Amsterdam’s eastern neighbourhood, overlooking Oosterpark.

Here Generator Hostels took over a former zoological university and turned it into accommodation for up to 564 guests across 168 rooms that include twin units, quadruple units, as well as a luxury apartment for six people.

Aside from the terraces, which offer incredible views of Oosterpark, the building also features site-specific artworks by local artists and designers. Some of the highlights are murals by graphic artist Pieter Ceizer in the elevator shaft; Amsterdam’s The Bright Side Gallery also curated sculptures, drawings, as well as graphic interventions in different spaces within the hostel.

DesignAgency, Generator’s global design partner, worked with Dutch architecture firm IDEA Ontwerp in going about re-imagining the building, keeping some of the original features such as floors and the marble staircase, while converting others such as the lecture hall, which was transformed into a quirky bar with tiered seating and green reading lamps. The library, which also features original features, has been converted into a relaxation space that lends itself well to events.

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