An architectural mashup of traditional houses, the 160-room Inntel Zaandam in the Netherlands looks as though it comes straight out of a fairytale.

The iconic green wooden houses of the Zaan region were the fount of inspiration for the hotel’s designer, Wilfried van Winden (WAM architecten, Delft).

The structure is a lively stacking of various examples of these traditional houses, ranging from a notary’s residence to a worker’s cottage.

The newly opened Hotel Zaandam also includes a swimming pool, wellness center, Turkish baths and a restaurant-bar in the 11-storey structure.

The hotel is situated in Zaandam in North Holland, just outside of the Dutch capital Amsterdam.

Source: AFPrelaxnews, 2010 – Photos: Roel Backaert

Design: Molenaar & Van Winden architecten/ WAM architecten