Via Hotel Amsterdam
After three years of vacancy, a new destiny arose in 2017 for the former Sphinxstate office building of Planet Internet in Diemen. After two locations in London, Via opened its first branch on the European mainland in Amsterdam Diemen in September.
The ‘hostel concept with the service of a hotel’ is the new place for the young urban traveler to get to know the city in a new way. With 170 shared and private rooms and 744 beds, bar / restaurant The Dude, a cinemaroom and multifunctional common areas – all furnished in nineties style – VIA helps each guest discover the city with fresh creative eyes to discover.
The hotel chain gave Leysner a free hand, based on her portfolio. She proposed a “stubborn urban image”, with a number of themes that refer to the late 80s and early 90s, the period from which the building dates. Her concept has been implemented almost unchanged.
The restaurant and lounge have the theme The Big Lebowski – the cult film by Joel and Ethan Coen – and hip hop; the central staircase has been given the theme ‘skate’. The themes have been worked out in graphics on the walls – in particular graffiti in different styles – and part of the furniture and lighting, designed by Leysner. The graphics are designed and applied by Studio Ayqido.
The bar and restaurant of VIA continues the nineties theme in name. Named The Dude, it takes you across continental America. Not just the United States, although its cuisine with hamburgers, mac n cheese and Hawaiian poke bowls is certainly well represented. The Dude also continues south with nachos sin carne, Argentine choco torta in a jar and more. Cocktails and special Amsterdam beers are served all day and late into the night. With old friends and new. The Dude abides.
Designed by Sheryl Leysner, Lensvelt Contract supplied products from its own collection by designers Richard Hutten, Studio Job and WH Gispen, as well as furniture designed by Sheryl Leysner.
Architect: Sheryl Leysner Interior architecture & Projectmanagement, www.sherylleysner.com
Photograher: Annelore van Herwijnen.