Construction of the nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel officially began on 26 October 2016 with the symbolic placement of a large triangular slab.
The first stone of what will be the largest hotel in the Benelux region was placed by Klaas de Boer (City of Amsterdam), Maarten Markus (NH Hotel Group), Gert-Wim Bos (COD), Paul Riemens (RAI Amsterdam) and Rem Koolhaas (OMA) in the presence of over a hundred business relations and construction partners.
The hotel is due to be completed in mid-2019 and will have 650 rooms and top out at 91 metres. The hotel is expected to become a central hub for conference and exhibition visitors, business travellers, tourists and locals to come together 24/7 in the Amsterdam Zuidas district.
Developer COD and partner Being Development commissioned OMA (the architectural firm established by Rem Koolhaas) to create an iconic design that blends into the current RAI complex while offering a new, modern character.
The prominent advertising column, known as ‘Het Signaal’, provided the inspiration for the new nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel.
The hotel will come under the umbrella of the NH Hotel Group’s nhow brand.
The tenth floor of the hotel will feature a luxury spa and wellness complex and a garage beneath the hotel will accommodate 200 cars.
nhow Amsterdam RAI will also provide a home base for international conference organisers and delegates and should provide spin-off value to the city of Amsterdam.
Prior to the start of construction, the Dutch Green Building Council presented the BREEAM-NL Excellent design certificate to developers COD and Being Development. With a score of over 80%, COD and Being met the minimum requirement of 70% for the ‘Excellent’ certification.
Hotel nhow Amsterdam RAI is located in the triangle between the Europaboulevard, A10 ring road and RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre.