THE UNBOUND, AMSTERDAM [NL] Animated landscape for a luscious city escape in the ‘Tuinen van West’ On the edge of Amsterdam West, between the wild gardens and organic vegetable and fruit fields, a former wasteland has been transformed into a sustainable estate: The Unbound. A natural wilderness, programmed with wellness facilities, giving room to luxurious lodges and an exclusive hotel. A space that allows you to unwind and reload. Connect to nature and reconnect with the city whenever you like. Felixx created a lush natural environment, by diversifying the topography: a pond, wetlands and hills. This generates conditions for diverse types of vegetation, organically structuring the area in different rooms, connected by meandering paths and walkways. With an event field, playing areas, vegetable garden, orchard, wellness forest, yoga field and amphitheater, this adventurous site is equipped for various uses, entertaining guests and visitors. A large tree marks the entrance that leads to the hotel, situated next to a small lake. The central hotel building is situated next to the large swimming pond. A walkway leads to the sauna with shower and plunge pool, located on the pond. Spanning the pond is a bridge, connecting the hotel to the lodge forest, where tiny houses are centered around a community building. Sauna and canoeing facilities are located in the water, separated by a bridge which connects the hotel to the lodge forest. Different tiny houses are centered around a community building, providing optimal privacy on the individual terraces. The park continues into the wellness forest, where we find the amphitheater and an elevated yoga field. A set of pathways connects the whole area and leads to the event field. This intimate and enclosed location is suitable for weddings or temporary festivals. The adjacent playing area is an exciting site filled with play elements for the younger visitors. The vegetable garden offers an orchard experience and provides healthy food for the hotel restaurant. The overall area of The Unbound Amsterdam wellness resort in 'Tuinen van West', a place where visitors can go to relax, exercise or entertain themselves. An elusive experience for both tourists and locals, a city retreat in a natural wilderness. In a joint statement, Marnix Vink of Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners; Jan van Erven Dorens of Dorens Architects, and Renee Appelo, from Studio Appelo said, “The close collaboration between all involved parties ensured that every detail of the boutique hotel and natural garden has been thought through. The outcome is a harmonious and persuasive ambience created by architecture, landscape, the hotel and lodges together. A relaxing and exclusive experience for this city escape.”
Felixx Landscape Architects and Planners is a Rotterdam-based office for proactive landscape architecture founded in 2014. Felixx believes a better world requires a better organization of our environment. We specialize in addressing urgent global challenges with locally embedded design solutions. Our work has a broad international scope and our projects range from spatial research, landscape transformation strategies and masterplans, to public space and product design. The office is named after Felixx - a fictional character we invented. A modest hero, Felixx travels the world looking for opportunities to realize happy environments.