De Windketel

Watertorenplein 8c
Paul Westerman
Paul Westerman
Coöperatie de Windketel U.A.
Timmerbedrijf Jaap van Rooijen
Tram 10 & bus 21 (halte Van Hallstraat / Haarlemmerweg)
Bron: Marlies Buurman & Flora van Gaalen, Room Service, Amsterdam 2007, p.10-11.
1897 / verbouwing 2003

A special guesthouse

Hotel De Windketel is located in the Westerpark area of the city, to the south of Harlemmerweg and the culture park ‘Westergasfabriek’. De hotel stands on the site of the former municipal waterworks, which in the nineties was redeveloped into a traffic-free residential area, in accordance with an urban design scheme by Kees Christiaanse.

The hotel, which was designed in 2003 as luxury accommodation for two people, is housed in a listed building. De Windketel is surrounded by three other buildings, which are also listed as national monuments, of the former waterworks: the gigantic white water tower, which still functions, the storehouse and the pumping room. The latter building now houses the café-restaurant Amsterdam.

The ‘Windketel’ building dates from 1897 and used to be the air-chamber building. Drinking water was stored in reservoirs on the site and was pumped to the city via the pumping room. It also passed through the air-chamber building, inside which was a copper boiler or expansion tank, which regulated pressure in the pipes. Ten local residents commissioned the architect Paul Westerman to convert the octagonal tower into guest accommodation. Two extra floor levels were added, thereby increasing the floor area from 16 to 48 m2. On the ground floor there is a kitchen, on the first floor an atmospheric living room and in the attic an intimate bedroom with a bath and a second WC. De Windketel can be rented for a weekend, midweek or for a longer period. (ARCAM/BU/FG)