The sun, wind and cascading water are used to ventilate and cool, and supply hot water to almost 200 rooms at the Breeze hotel, in Amsterdam, which will open soon.
The hotel is the brainchild of the Amstelius/Dutch Green Company in association with Borghese Real Estate and Bronconsult.
Dr Ben Bronsema, of Bronconsult, came up with the ‘earth, wind and fire’ concept in 2008, and made it the subject of his PhD.
Elaborating on this, ventilation in the hotel is controlled by natural processes – the air is set in motion by cascading water droplets and by sunlight that heats the air in a vertical column.
Sunlight is also used to heat water for the showers and heating in rooms.