The winner of a tender for a major new hotel development in Amsterdam was announced last week. It will be based at the Amsterdam RAI exhibition and conference center. Designed by architects OMA, the Nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel is designed to be an attraction in itself and will have a striking twisted design.

Plans for a new hotel at Amsterdam RAI date back to 2011, whilst the tendering process for the hotel began in June last year. Of the 11 entries submitted, the concept from OMA, developer COD and the NH Hotel Group is said to have stood out because of its additional special facilities.

Although primarily designed to be a hotel, the Nhow Amsterdam RAI will house a number of other functions including a television studio, a gallery, a sculpture garden, and a spa. Public floors at the top of the building will be home to a skybar and restaurant.

In addition to its facilities, the concept's design was said to have been a factor in its success. OMA has aimed to ensure the building will fit in with the existing RAI complex, whilst having a new and modern look. The structure will be comprised of three main separate sections that will appear to be twisted or rotated on a central vertical axis.

At 91 m (299 ft) tall with 25 floors, the Nhow Amsterdam RAI will be the tallest hotel in the Benelux countries of Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, according to a press release. It will have 650 rooms and guests will enjoy a 4-star quality rating.

The construction of the Nhow Amsterdam RAI hotel is planned to begin in mid-2016.

The video below provides an introduction to the hotel.

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