Generator Hostel
Design Agency, Amsterdam, 2016

  • Generator Hostel, Design Agency, Amsterdam, 2016

    Generator Hostel, Design Agency, Amsterdam, 2016

    Blom & Blom was asked to participate in the lighting design for the Generator Hostel in Amsterdam. In close cooperation with the Toronto-based interior design office ‘Design Agency’, we designed and produced two eye-catching centerpieces. A playful composition of laboratory glass beakers illuminates the Auditorium Bar, and a labyrinth of pipes, valves, and lights emphasizes the industrial feeling of the Boiler Room. Additionally, we provided a large selection of original lighting fixtures for the various communal areas in the hostel.


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    The building housing the Generator Hostel was initially home to the laboratory for Health Studies of the University of Amsterdam. The former lecture hall has been turned into an impressive chill-out lounge and bar, and elements like the original seating have been maintained. Linking to its previous occupation, we designed a lighting installation above the former lecture table that consists of 70 laboratory glass beakers. A part of the glassware has actually been used by students of the University of Amsterdam, as it was recovered from the building’s basement.

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    The former boiler room has been turned into a nightclub where both hostel guests and locals meet. We designed and produced the structure of pipes, valves and lights that crawls over the back wall, highlighting the raw interior. The lighting installation combines industrial materials a galvanized gas-pipe with warm decorative lights, and matches our Komodo Dragon lighting fixtures above this basement bar.

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    Throughout the various public spaces of the hostel, we provided more than 70 lights. Places like the Nescio, the Auditorium Bar, and the ground floor lobby are illuminated with a large variety of Blom & Blom fixtures.

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    Items used in this project