Soho House Amsterdam, opened July 2018, Is the first opening for Soho House in The Netherlands.
Commanding an envious location on the inner canal belt just off Dam Square, the space has become a creative hub for the city where there is a distinct lack of large communal spaces to work and play.
The historic ‘Bungehuis’ building was originally built as a trading office for Mr Bunge, a wealthy merchant specialising in grains and wood. 20 traditional townhouses were demolished to make way for a 10,000M2 modernist art deco monument, later being turned into a university building. After being purchased in 2014, it was painstakingly repaired and restored to strip the building back to its original grandeur. Spanning 7 floors, it now contains 79 rooms, 2 restaurants, 4 event rooms, a gym, screening room, club space and 5 bars. This house, unlike other Soho House’s, has an abundant use of vernacular materials throughout the property. As much as possible was kept from the original 1930’s building, this also heavily inspired its new design, from the various ceramics running throughout the entire house which were inspired by damaged tiles found on site to the timber panelling in the club mimicking the existing panels within a monumental suite. In keeping with the Dutch mentality, the design throughout is intentionally eclectic, with many subtle nods to traditional Dutch style without appearing too cliché.