Gaze down at your hotel bed from a tub perched on the pinnacle of a wooden ‘mountain’ at Amsterdam’s Volkshotel. The Edmund suite of this fun art hotel features an all-in-one, freestanding structure containing a double bed, wardrobe, mirror, shower, and toilet; climb the built-in stairs to reach the full-sized soaking tub and adjacent cactus garden.
Made of wood and rubber, the hotel pod has every function you’d expect in a standard hotel room clustered into an abstracted mountain shape. It fits within a larger room with an adjacent sitting area, and is one of nine unique suites in the hotel. Accommodating two, it rents out for about $129 per night.
It’s an unusual twist on the room-in-a-box concept, which generally packs as much function as possible into a prefab unit, eliminating the need for separate furniture and closets. While other designs are often modular and/or rectilinear, this one takes a more artistic approach.
“Edmund is one of the nine special rooms of the brand new Volkshotel in Amsterdam. The room was designed in collaboration with Jasper Eustace. Several objects of wood and rubber have been clustered into a mountain inspired shape. The mountain contains all the room’s functionality with the pinnacle bathtub being the absolute highlight.”
About the designer: “Jos Blom lives and works in Amsterdam. After he graduated at the TU Delft as an architect he founded FLATarchitects with Tim Piet. Since 2014 he works as an independent architect/designer. In his work, the emphasis is on small-scale architectural projects. In addition Jos has focused on the development of easy to assemble and reusable building systems. An example of this is the 21panels project – an easy to assemble temporary wooden house to be used at fairs and festivals. Besides architectural projects Jos also works on exhibition and furniture design.”