Thanks to overbooking on the part of a certain budget airline, I nearly didn’t make it to Amsterdam, to shoot the wonderful new Waldorf Astoria. Getting there involved a dash from Gatwick to City airport to catch another flight instead. Once there, I had my work cut out to record as much of this vast hotel as possible. The building, or should I say, buildings, were converted from six 17th and 18th century houses, lining Herrengracht, one of the city’s principal canals. The hotel’s design has been implemented by GA Design International with great panache. From the moment you step into the white, marble floored lobby, it was clear to me that the designers had created spaces, mixing the old and new, that were going to be a joy to photograph.
Librije’s Zusje Restaurant/Vault Bar
This was my first visit to Amsterdam for 25 years. The previous occasion had been a college trip, as an Interior Design student, and I’ve just managed to dig out my sketch book which recorded the week long stay, well the more cultural elements of it at least.