The Makers


Because almost everyone at Raumkultur (former Vaste Schroeven) origins from the festival world, they have the habit of working mainly with recycled and special materials. The recycled ”Middendorp” that they made for the Solar festival in 2014 was so popular that they were invited to participate in a special story: a new hotel in Amsterdam. It was a short-stay hotel for foreign students and expats that had to be both sustainable and Instagram-worthy.

Hotel Jansen Schinkel

Using mainly second-life materials, the collective built a fully-fledged hotel from the Amsterdam soil in a period of 3 months. They made 166 rooms, built from prefab units. These rooms are spread over 6 floors, each with its own Amsterdam theme, such as the Red Light District and De Pijp. In each room you will find unique murals and art objects related to the theme of the floor. Everything you see in Hotel Jansen and its Restaurant Café Jansen is handmade by the members of Raumkultur, from the beds to the art and from the desks to the kitchen tops. Due to the amount of special materials used in the hotel and the interior, Hotel Jansen is a place with a very low footprint.


Fiction Factory, a sustainable construction studio in Amsterdam Noord, spent over two years carefully working on the interior of Hotel Jansen. A team of designers, engineers, woodworkers, welders, and upholsterers combined their knowledge and creativity to create a fully custom interior that meets the circular ambitions of this project, while staying true to the Hotel Jansen feeling.

High-end fabrics were reclaimed from a temporary Rijksmuseum-exhibition and repurposed by star-upholsterer Jolien into a comfortable seating area in every room. Pottery artist Lisa handcrafted lampshades for each room. Engineer Aart developed a bed that leaves minimal waste during production. All-round Thijs is the brain behind the custom in-room light fixtures.

The interior of Hotel Jansen came to life with key principles of circularity in mind:

  • Choosing low impact materials with optimal technical lifetime,
  • Preventing production waste,
  • Designing for disassembly, repair, and re-use,
  • And local production.
By Sophia Clark
Very Enjoyable

I’ve been enjoying my stay at Hotel Jansen a lot so far! The staff are super lovely and everyone living here is very friendly. The kitchens are clean and the location is very accessible.

By Camille Vanhee
Such A Cool Place

Hotel Jansen is an amazing experience. I found so many friends here, I recommend it to everyone!

By Jeanne Gironde
A New Home

Hotel Jansen is not only a welcoming and well located place in Amsterdam, it is also a community of friends. With students and workers from all over the world, this international atmosphere makes everyone feel at home. I really enjoy being here and I recommend to all newcomers this great experience.

By Bert Van Kerkhoven
Great Place

Staying here now for 2 months and will definitely extend as long as possible. Great place full of amazing people. The location is perfect for walks in nature and not too far from the city centre. They also serve great food in the restaurant downstairs, I haven’t cooked once. Highly recommended.

By Nina Rauch

I’m staying here now for three months and so far I had a really good time! I made some amazing friends and the rooms are also really nice. The restaurant downstairs has really good food and coffee and the staff is super friendly. I really enjoy my stay here and can just recommend this place!