Amsterdam West's tram remise had been an abandoned paradise for about 15 years, a place of ruin and beauty at the same time.
Once a working shed for maintenance for Amsterdam´s tram system, the place has a stunning beauty due to its large open spaces and abundant daylight.
As a development strategy, the insertion of a tower, a dense hotel programme, worked as a financial infuse, allowing for the expensive restoration of the monumental roof.
By taking out some of the weak spots of the complex in bad condition, open, green areas are created, scaling down the large mass of the building and providing daylight to all spaces.
It made possible that the rest of the complex could be used as unprogrammed, flexible space, allowing low-rent work spaces, shops, cafes to be changing regularly.
In 2010, after a 1 on 1 development competition, the city decided to grant the development to our competor, TROM. This was a bottom/up initiative of entrepreneurs and architect Andre van Stigt, who executed their development plans in the years after, resulting in a thriving neighbourhood hotspot.