Discover Benelux, Issue 43, July 2017

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Combining luxury with sustainability TEXT: ANNA VILLELEGER  |  PHOTOS: MULTIVISION 3D

For a building to be both deluxe and environmentally friendly is not always straightforward, but this is exactly the type of challenge that Sholeh Mohtasham, owner of South Hollandbased bureau Actually Design, relishes. Her latest project, the new De Veste hotel in the city of Schiedam, is a perfect example of combining luxury with sustainability.

De Veste The construction of the brand new hotel, along with its luxury long and short stay penthouses, is Actually Design’s largest project to date. “It’s going to be very 18  |  Issue 43  |  July 2017

unique and probably the biggest project that we have ever done… or ever will do,” begins Mohtasham, who founded Actually Design in 2004.

over the surrounding polder landscape and harbour, not to mention Rotterdam’s famous skyline.

The 16,000-square-metre hotel will be situated in Schieveste, an area that is currently being redeveloped between the A20 motorway and Central Station, within walking distance of Schiedam’s historic centre. “It’s a great location, only about ten minutes from Rotterdam Airport,” adds Mohtasham.

The four-star establishment will include luxury penthouses on the top floors, which will benefit from the same services provided by the hotel and have been designed for long or short stays. There will also be a restaurant and sky bar, which will both be open to the public as well as residents and hotel guests.

Standing 65 metres tall, the upper floors of the hotel will offer spectacular views

Unlike neighbouring Rotterdam, there are currently no high rises in Schiedam,

A new landmark