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A Walk Through the Netherlands Hotel

Very well, let’s take a walk.  As you walk into the entryway of the Netherland’s Hotel you are immediately met by a large stairway.  Like the density of trees in a forest the stairway blocks your view of anything beyond it and you are forced to ascend it to learn more about the space.   The low ceiling provides a comforting and mysterious presence above your head, like the canopy of a forest.  It shelters you from the other elements of the building like a canopy shelters you from the sun.  Despite the safety felt in the stairway you are compelled to move on, to see what happens beyond your sight, so you keep moving.

Suddenly about halfway up the steps the canopy opens up and you get a view of the sky and other elements at play in the space.  The glamorous chandelier sparkles like the sun over your head.  You can now see the vastness of the space around you.  You see that the forest is much larger than you were lead to believe in shelter of the canopy.  There is a whole dining room to your right, and open floors above your head.  Like the clouds paint a picture in the sky, there is a beautiful painting on the ceiling that seems to change as you move.  If you look straightforward you can see that the canopy closes you in once more and you are forced to move onto its comfort.

Stepping back under the canopy you continue your walk and notice that there is a series of columns, which much like the trees of a forest, set up a rhythm for the rest of the walk.  You can feel the tree that was used to create the column.  Its energy remains and surges through the space.  Stepping in time with the trees you feel freer than you had on the lower stairway.  The forest has thinned down and you can see more of your surroundings.  To the left the lobby sits like a neighboring forest. It still feels sheltered from the building as a whole but it’s distinctive as its own space separate from the promenade.  The lobby is still a forest but the type of tree has changed.  The lumbering columns to your right also provide a screen between the promenade and the dining area; similarly the trees of a forest provide a screen separating the forest from open fields.

As you see the open field that is the dining room you turn forward and are stunned to be greeted with a wall.  Like a boulder suddenly thrown into the path of a forest it causes you to pause.  The boulder symbolizes the ending of this portion of the promenade.  There is not going through it, so you must follow the stairs and turn the corner away from the forest through which you have just journeyed.

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Very well, let’s take a walk.  As you walk into the entryway and start ascending the stairs the ceiling provides a comforting and mysterious presence above your head, like the canopy of a forest.  It shelters you from the other elements of the building like a canopy shelters you from the sun.  Suddenly about halfway up the steps the canopy opens up and you get a view of the sky and other elements at play in the space.  It’s here that you realize the vastness of the space.  Once you continue your walk there is a series of columns, which much like the trees of a forest, set up a rhythm for the rest of the walk.  The lumbering columns also provide a screen between the promenade and the dining area; similarly the trees of a forest provide a screen separating the forest from open fields.

Very well, let’s take a walk.  The amount of the granite used in the Netherlands Hotel strikes you as you enter.  The stairs appear to be carved out of a giant piece of marble.  The idea of large rocks or boulders continues as you ascend the steps and see the size of the columns and balconies.  Their masses seem to echo the solidity of a boulder.  The low ceilings also conjure up a scene of boulders as they create a cave-like quality in the space.

Very well, let’s take a walk.  As you enter the Netherlands Hotel you are immediately directed up the stairway.  As you ascend the stairway the ceiling gets lower and lower giving the impression that you are in a chamber of sorts.  Suddenly you reach a landing and there is a break in the ceiling of the chamber.  As you look up you can see 2 more chambers above you and one across the way.  Like the center of a bell pepper you’ve reached a place where the chambers intersect and a whole new kind of space is created.  The chandelier echoes the collection of seeds in the center of the pepper, denoting again how unique this space is in relation to the others.  As you continue you realize that by crossing this center threshold you’ve entered a new chamber.