2019 winners

Sweets Hotel
by Space & Matter

Winner: Hotel and short stay interior of the year 2019. Local architecture and design studio Space & Matter has transformed 28 separate bridge houses into individual hotel suites across Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The tiny buildings, some with a floor size as small as 12m2, were not originally designed to accommodate people but to provide a working space for Amsterdam's bridge keepers.

Combining modern initiatives with industrial heritage, these once redundant houses now form a city-wide hotel of individual, fully equipped rooms with amalgams of vintage and contemporary furnishings. The tiny, two-person rooms feature built-in shelving and integrated en-suite bathrooms as well as warm colour palettes, copious wraparound windows and laminate wood flooring.

Judges comments:  "This project is a fantastic initiative and collaboration between the city, the designer and the developer. It questions the idea of hotels in this era of Airbnb by having separate hotel rooms dotted around the city allowing visitors to experience the city in a unique way," said the interiors master jury. "The use of these existing, derelict buildings that were never meant to be habitable truly shows the power of design," they added.

Designer: Space & Matter
Project: SWEETS hotel
Winner of: Hotel and short stay interior

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