[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you’re planning to visit Amsterdam, there’s a place you HAVE to stay : The Conservatorium Hotel.

The hotel opened some month ago in the center of A’dam (on the corner of PC Hoofstraat) in an old bank built in 1897.

In 2008, the Set Hotels Group bought the building to transform it into one of A’dam most luxury hotel.

They have team up with one of Milano award winning designer « Piero Lissoni » to give the building a new birth wich combine the historical structure mix with Piero Lissoni modern design touch.

The result is gorgeous, from the rooms to the bar, from the spa to the reception, everything is perfect and worth the stay !

hotel conservatorium amsterdam

hotel conservatorium amsterdam

hotel conservatorium amsterdam

hotel conservatorium amsterdam


Wang Shu, this Chinese architect  has just won the Pritzker Prize, considered the “Nobel” of architecture. At 48, it is also the youngest laureate.

The Pritzker Prize purpose “to honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision, and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture.”

Here in the West we sometimes forget that China is able to produce such beautiful things! Thank you and congratulations to Mr Wang Shu, and his beautiful country, for these buildings which will long remain a testimony of human genius.

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Ningbo Tengtou Pavilion, Shanghai Expo, 2010, Shanghai, China  / Photo by Lu Wenyu
Ningbo History Museum, 2003-2008, Ningbo, China / Photo by Lv Hengzhong
Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Phase II, 2004-2007, Hangzhou, China / Photo by Lv Hengzhong
Xiangshan Campus, China Academy of Art, Phase II, 2004-2007, Hangzhou, China  / Photo by Lv Hengzhong
Library of Wenzheng College, 1999-2000, Suzhou, China / Photo by Lu Wenyu
Five Scattered Houses, 2003-2006, Ningbo, China / Photo by Lang Shuilong
Wang Shu, Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, 2012