At CityHub, its creators Sem Schuurkes and Pieter van Tilburg combined the communal feel of a hostel with the privacy of a hotel. Each Hub has a giant, double bed, Wi-Fi, app-controlled lighting and a personal audio streaming system. Fifty Hubs, located right next to Amsterdam’s De Hallen, one of the most hot and happening places in Amsterdam. This location was chosen because CityHub wants their guests to go out and discover the authentic beauty of the city.
For the very first CityHub location, Mulderblauw architects worked on the spatial configuration of the concept and guided the procedural aspect of the transformation.
CityHub is such an innovative hotel concept, that it was a challenge to define the hubs within the applicable building regulations. In consultation with the municipality and the local fire department we translated the spatial policy into a definition that works with the concept. The deepened garage is translated into one big space for the Hubs, with 50 units, which account for 100 places to sleep.
The hall has been equipped with a new glass lighting row over the complete roof ridge, which makes the space feel light and spacious despite the amount of Hubs. On the side of the Ten Katestraat the outlet of the hall is equipped with storage, installations, toilets and showers. At the side of the Bellamystraat two buildings have been merged into one Hangout space.
Here the ground floor facade is renewed with two steel glass frames behind which there is a space for self check-in. In this area guests can turn to the staff for insider tips and share experiences with other members of the CityHub community.