Casa400 is situated in the Eenhoorn area in Amsterdam Oost. The building, which with some five hundred rooms is one of Amsterdam’s biggest hotels, fits in well with the surrounding colossal buildings, such as the HvA’s Europagebouw, the James Watt building and the office complexes on the other side of Gooiseweg. During university term time, however, the building houses mainly students.
A new Casa400
In 1962, Casa400 opened its doors for students, who lived here during term time, and hotel guests, who booked rooms during the summer months. A stone’s throw from the original building is the new Casa400. Once again, the building houses both a hotel and student accommodation. Now, however, one hundred and fifty rooms are reserved for hotel guests throughout the year. In the summer, the students still pack their belongings and vacate their rooms, returning at the start of the autumn term.
Making the building suitable for student accommodation and hotel rooms presented the architectural firm OeverZaaijer with a difficult task. Some five hundred rooms had to be created inside the building. Moreover, these rooms had to be luxurious enough for hotel guests, but also student proof. Because the new Casa400 also contains permanent hotel rooms, there are separate routes through the building for students and hotel guests. Students have a separate entrance around the corner from the main entrance, next to the student refectory. The building also contains conference halls, named after Dutch and foreign universities.
The largest of these halls is the UvA hall. Other ‘Amsterdam details’ can be found throughout the building: on each floor there is a panoramic photograph of the city, and on the above-ground heat/cold storage facility in the garden, the NAP (Normal Amsterdam Level) is given in various languages, a reference to the old building where this NAP line was in the lobby. Finally, the carpet features the red of the city’s arms.
(Text: Hade Dorst/ ARCAM, photo: Jan de Wit)