Hotel Oostenburg "Stork Residence"

Project name:Hotel Oostenburg "Stork Residence"
Location:Oostenburgergracht 73 & 75
Number of apartments:43 self-service hotel apartments
Start date:January 2014
Realization date:Q2 2015
Special details:Nr. 73 is a local monument, dating back to 1880
Nr. 75 is a national monument, dating back to 1660
Project team:Arnoud Litjens
Elise van den Bandt

Stork Residence historic photoExterior of the Stork Werkspoor building in 2012Rendering of Stork Residence after the renovations

History of the Building

Around 1800 the prosperous ‘Golden Age’ in the Netherlands came to an end, but there was no sign of any industrial revolution in the Netherlands as yet. It was only in 1827 that Paul van Vlissingen started one of the first industrial workplaces that operated almost solely for the "Amsterdamsche Stoombootmaatschappij”. This was the foundation of what later became "Stork Werkspoor”.

A year later Van Vlissingen, together with Abraham Dudok van Heel founded the "Fabriek van Stoom- en andere Werktuigen” (Factory of Steam- and other machines). Around 1850 it was the biggest machine-manufacturing factory in the Netherlands.

The front building burned down in 1867 and it wasn’t until 1880 that the current building was built. Ten years later - around 1890 - the company had problems and the factory was closed. In 1891 Stork came to the rescue with financial support, concentrating on the manufacturing of trams, trains and the engines for ships. This is when the name on the front building changed into "Nederlandsche Fabriek van Werktuigen en Spoorwegmaterieel”, (Dutch Factory of Machines and Railway Equipment). In 1929 the official name of the factory became "Stork Werkspoor”.

In 1952 architect Marius Duintjer designed a "recreational area” for the employees of Stork Werkspoor, in honor of the 125-year anniversary of the company. Duintjer also developed a foyer - above the adjacent canal - that connects the main building with the theater next door.

In 1989 theater company "Het Werkteater” moves into the monumental theater at number 75.

The monumental 1880 building at number 73 will be renovated completely: the façade will be brought back in its original state and the building will be transformed into a hotel with self-service hotel apartments, of which Short Stay Group will become the tenant.

The theater will not be renovated. It will keep its function as theater and is rented out to Stichting Het Werkteater.

Construction and technical aspects of the building

Until around 2005, Oostenburgergracht 73 was used as office for Stork Werkspoor. During renovations in the ‘50’s the original roof tiles were replaced by bitumen roofing and roof lights were created for the design department, which settled on the top floor. During the same renovations, the middle tower was taken down.

The redevelopment of the property will focus on Oostenburgergracht 73, where the hotel apartments will be realized. The renovations will focus on sustainable development and on bringing back the monumental character of the building to a level of high-quality (four star hotel level). The renovation consists of:

  • The middle tower and façade will be restored in their former glory;
  • Cleaning of the façade and make reparations where necessary;
  • All outer windows will be repaired, replaced and will be fully insulated; The entire roof will be renovated and insulated from the outside;
  • Sealed roof lights will be opened up again;
  • The building will get a complete new foundation;
  • Non-original plating will be removed and the steel window frames will be restored;
  • A new (emergency) staircase will be created on the theater side of the building;
  • The middle tower will become the main entrance of Stork Residence;
  • The interior will get completely stripped;
  • Over three floors, 43 self-service hotel apartments will be realized, all containing their own kitchen, bathroom and separate bedroom;
  • The central hall will get an elevator; that is operated sustainably.

The hotel apartments will range from 24m2 up to 57m2 in size and are able to accommodate 4 to 8 guests.

Stork Residence construction drawing


Sustainability is one of the focus points of this development. All involved parties have agreed on this. The search for the most sustainable solution - and economically feasible - is not limited to the materials used, nor the energy saving solutions, but also in regards to the social and cultural sustainability. With a long-term agreement with Stichting Het Werkteater this development contributes to the cultural wealth of Amsterdam. There are also plans to create solar panels on the roof of the theater building.

The building of Stork Residence has a "groen verklaring” (a green certification), which is given out by the Agentschap NL of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The Result

The final design of the building is of the responsibility of Professor Dr. Ir. R.A.F. Smook, an authority regarding monumental real estate. Stork Residence will consist of 43 self-service hotel apartments, a central entrance, housing for the concierge and some service spaces.

Van Rossum Bouwkunde designed the interior, in close co-operation with the project team. By creating a separate sleeping area by putting in an entresol - - the 460 cm height of the apartments is optimised. With this clever construction even the smallest apartment, in terms of floor area, will feel very comfortable.

Stork Residence rendering of one of the self-service hotel apartmentsStork Residence rendering of one of the self-service hotel apartmentsStork Residence rendering of one of the self-service hotel apartments

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