The assignment of this design was to design a hotel within the Santos building in Rotterdam. This building used to be a coffee warehouse.
The main problem in this design was that the Santos building has a square floorplan, letting very little light into the center of the builing. This is specifically a problem for a hotel, that needs to have multiple small rooms that all need daylight.
The Santos building is situated in the Katendrecht neighbourhood within Rotterdam. Historically the Katendrecht area was a bad neighbourhood. To improve the neighbourhood many projects for luxery dwelling and shopping are in development. The problem is that this way the problem will only be moved elsewhere, but not solved. The current inhabitants will not benefit from this approach.