An architect named Marthijn Pool and his team are transforming the old bridge houses in Amsterdam into hotel suites. These bridge houses were used for hundreds of years, in some cases, to help with controlling the canals in Amsterdam. There are three main canals, and well over a thousand bridges.
Re-purposing these bridge houses and using them as quaint accommodations is especially remarkable because it’s not terribly easy to build new structures in this area, and also because it’s hard to imagine something more sustainable than re-purposing an old and otherwise-unused building into something useful for tourism. The travel industry isn’t notorious for being overly sustainable, so this is doubly impressive. It’s not cheap to retrofit and renovate an older building, but it means most of the structure’s material won’t be going to waste, as would be the case with a demolition and a new construction.
It’s cool that you can plan your travels around hotel rooms and accommodations that are, in and of themselves, interesting destinations to visit. There’s a lot of things to do in Amsterdam, of course, but you’ll be all the more excited for your visit when you’re staying in a room as interesting, historic, and brilliantly transformed as the Amsterdam Bridge Houses.