The portfolio of the architectural duo Aleksa Mihaelis and Tim Boyd – more than a dozen luxury hotels around the world, from Oxfordshire to Botswana and from New York to Mozambique. According to the architects, they always start a project with a study of the context: the architecture, the history of the place, the traditions – everything is important.Especially if we are talking about an object with a rich history, as in the case of the hotel Kimpton De Witt. The new hotel is located in a building that includes a historic part of XVI-XVII centuries: in the course of the previous two reconstructions of ancient houses were "hidden" in a modern volume. One of these architects have turned in the hotel bar, while retaining the original boiserie dark wood and putting on display ancient ceiling beams, the other turned into luxury suites. The exclusivity it makes the fact that in an ancient house spent his childhood Dutch playwright and poet Peter Kornelison Hooft (1581-1647), a key figure in European literature of the Renaissance.
The local context is revealed in the interior accents and subtle details. Bright colors with bright blue "Splash" goes back to the world-famous Delftware. Upholstery for chairs in the room of the chosen fabric Biophilia British designer Keith Miles: shades of indigo colors reminiscent of Vermeer's Delft and floral motif with huge dragonflies refers to the lush still lifes of the old masters.
During the reception desk stands a Dutch oven, lined with black and white tiles. In the lobby there are seats Utrecht – re icons design Gerrita Ritvelda, the most famous Dutch designer of the XX century.
The lobby is a series of lounges, furnished with all kinds of armchairs and coffee tables. Green theme, given at the entrance to the hotel (guests here meets a wall of living plants), continues in the interiors of the lounges – green terrazzo in the decoration of the walls, jade shades in textiles – and culminates in the courtyard of the hotel with wicker furniture and a living green.