How to sleep at the home of famous architects in Rotterdam

Have you always dreamed of sleeping in an alternative hotel? Do you like to follow cultural and artistic trends? Do you follow the projects of the leading international architects with passion? Here again is a novelty that comes from the land of tulips, to be precise from Rotterdam : with the initiative Wake up in architecture, launched in conjunction with the Architecture Biennale ( International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam – IABR 2016, will be held from April 23rd to July at Fenixloods, in the district of Katendrecht) it will be possible to sleep at the home of famous architects, who will provide rooms in their own homes or in their architecture studios. So we do not use hotel rooms, but lived places where architects develop projects or usually live.

The project was born on the initiative of Hotel Rotterdam, Wake up in it, whose mission is to link city events to direct experiences with artists or with the protagonists participating in the events themselves. In addition to Wake up in architecture , Hotel Rotterdam organizes other similar events, in which there is the possibility of sleeping in the homes of artists, musicians, painters, etc.

After all, the format works and just change the name, as in the case of the Hotel Rotterdam Wake up in Jazz (in this case, the guests who provide rooms in their homes are musicians), and so on for Wake Up in Art , Wake Up in Cultuur, Wake Up in Poetry (and therefore accommodation related to exponents of art, culture, poetry).

The goal of Wibbine Kien and Judith van den Berg , the creators of Wake up in it, is to create unique and unrepeatable situations, giving life to exclusive experiences, in which the visitor can live in close contact with the artists and their style of life. The two girls, who can be contacted online or find, with their cube-reception-information point that resembles a miniature hotel, in the main art events taking place in Rotterdam (but not only, the format is exportable) also elsewhere).

To sleep at the home of famous architects, you need to book rooms online and the idea behind the concept is not to simply promote an overnight stay in an unusual location, but go further: at the time of booking, in fact, in addition to the classics personal data through a system of questions and questionnaires will be in fact identified your profile that will be associated (the so-called match ) to the architect that is more similar, in order to create a unique experience and a two-way exchange. And, only at that point, you will know the address of your accommodation in Rotterdam. In any case, selected architects participate in the project not only for their notoriety, but also for the willingness to interface with guests.

Among the 25 architects and artists who have given their availability to the initiative stand out the names of Fancine Houben and Robert Winkel , the first founder of Mecanoo, study with dozens of international projects active and the second founder of the MEI Studies, focused in transformation of industrial buildings and in the development of innovative projects, such as Schiecentrale 4B in Rotterdam.

The experience is really unusual and innovative, and the costs for accommodation are average of a good hotel: taxes included, a single room costs € 90 while a double room € 140 . Payment must be made in advance, each room is obviously different from the other and the seats are limited.

But there’s more: in addition to breakfast, included in the price of the room, there is a meeting with the host architect. A great opportunity for those who appreciate and admire the new architectural course of the Netherlands!


When it comes to renovating your home , the moment is certainly characterized by great stress that involves you and all the owners of the property. Not only does the thought run for money to invest in restructuring, but the fear, more than justified, concerns the result. And if it did not come out well? And if this local instead of doing it this way we did it as we said at the beginning? And if we furnish in Nordic style and not with classic furniture? All these questions (and many others) have certainly flashed in the mind of those who have lived or are experiencing the renovation of the house. To try to minimize problems from the root, the best thing is to choose an architect who can follow the whole process, indicating times, costs and ways of proceeding.

A professional figure to help you: the architect
The architect is the professional figure who can help you with the renovation of your home. The common thought is directed towards a character full of creativity, whimsical, unable to hear the opinion of others, but the reality is very different and a good architect is none of this. It must consider your needs, listen to your opinions, share your ideas with you, submit any problems and advise possible solutions. He is not a theoretician, he is not a figure who only thinks on abstract concepts, but he is the one who absolutely needs to have an approach aimed at practice. He must be endowed with a very high quality able to distinguish him from other figures and other people: the ability to imagine spaces even before they exist. This is the true essence of the architect’s profession. He must see realized in his head how the kitchen will be, how the bathroom will become, how the tavern will be, imagining everything in a practical key, with the furnishings and the present technology. This last concept does not stand out from the architect’s skills.

He must be updated on what the companies in the sector offer in terms of tiles, bathroom fixtures, bathroom furniture, living room furniture, storage and storage solutions and everything related to the habitability of the house, without neglecting the structural aspects . Surveyors, technicians, plant designers, are also important presences, but have nothing to do with the professional you are describing.

In a space that the architect must see as functional to the daily life of the family, he has the task of transforming into reality what he himself has only imagined with concreteness.

A trusted consultant
The first component to look at in an architect is trust. He, for a certain period of time, will become your consultant and you must give him space, but also you must also receive his trust. The relationship is therefore equal: you must trust him and him of you. However, it is not always easy and often we have to deal with divergences of ideas, verbal conflicts and doubts of different kinds.
The architect’s research can be done by word of mouth, through knowledge or by research from authoritative sources.
By creating empathy between you and the architect, you can make it work well in the collaborative environment, but if there is no harmony, everything becomes more complex and difficult.

That architects are “strange” as they are often defined, can also be true, but it is the fruit of their creativity, of their way of seeing things in advance. There are professional figures who prove eccentric, particularly fanciful, extremely fussy and meticulous. Before proceeding with the work, you must talk to him, invite him for an inspection in the house to be renovated and discuss your ideas and then put them in relation to his.

A valid professional usually makes use of a photographic collection of his work. Ask them without fear of showing you images of what you have done in the past so that you can also get an idea of ​​the architect’s style and working method. Flipping through a photo album or seeing the images on a tablet or a laptop, a light bulb in your head may come on and make you think of an implementable solution in your home.