Novotel Schiphol Airport

Novotel Schiphol Airport

Mulderblauw architecten
Hoofddorp, Netherlands
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Can a hotel be passively sustainable?

Mulderblauw architecten as Architects

This Novotel lies within walking distance of the railway station in Hoofddorp. The main entrance to the hotel is located on the side facing the station, while the south side features a continuous front that frames the bar and restaurant, serving both hotel guests and passers-by. In the low building volume we designed a large winter garden with glazed roof that allows daylight to penetrate the space. The building boasts very high energy-performance levels thanks to the relatively narrow vertical windows, deep reveals, direct ventilation, connection to a geothermal heat pump, and high insulation value. Materials that are easy to separate and reuse have been deployed in the building. Notable materials include the glossy printed ceramic Cradle-to-Cradle tiles with which the building is faced. We developed these tiles in collaboration with a graphic designer and tile manufacturer according to a new manufacturing procedure. The print, which represents reeds in colour, depth and structure, interprets the surroundings of the Haarlemmermeerpolder in a contemporary manner. The intensity of the printed pattern decreases along the façade like the image of a fringe of reeds. Instead of using pigments, we pressed the tiles with high-gloss ink on a matt-stone glazed coat. The appearance of the prints alters as the observer moves and daylight conditions change.

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