Articles by: Isle of Holland

DESIGN, HOTELS

The Big Picture (2): Sleeping Behind Bars in ‘Prison Hotel’ Het Arresthuis

The Big Picture (2): Sleeping Behind Bars in ‘Prison Hotel’ Het Arresthuis

Nowadays, it seems everything can be turned into a hotel: schools, boats, lighthouses, railway cabooses. And prisons. Two years ago, Het Arresthuis opened its doors in Roermond. Spending the night behind bars never seemed so tempting.

by × 14 March 2013

ARCHITECTURE

The Big Picture (1): The Glass Farm by MVRDV

The Big Picture (1): The Glass Farm by MVRDV

The unsuspecting visitor won’t believe his eyes. But that seems to be the whole point of the Glass Farm by Dutch architect firm MVRDV. This remarkable building in the village of Schijndel, officially opened in January, combines form with function and does so in a hallucinatory way.

by × 6 March 2013

VIDEO

This Is What Growing Up in Amsterdam Looks Like: From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds

This Is What Growing Up in Amsterdam Looks Like: From 0 to 100 Years in 150 Seconds

Jeroen Wolf collected 100 shots of Amsterdammers revealing their age: from a moaning baby to a beautiful old lady with sparkling eyes shouting, “100!” The result is stunning. Even Ashton Kutcher says so!

by × 27 February 2013

INTRODUCTION, VIDEO

Isle of Holland in One Minute

Isle of Holland in One Minute

By way of introduction we thought it would be nice and useful to make a short video. So on a splendid sunny day in October, we zigzagged through Amsterdam and beyond with a camera on our shoulder. The video merely scratches the surface of what Isle of Holland is about, but you’ll get the drift.

by × 19 February 2013

FESTIVALS

13 Summer Festivals to Spend Your Money On in 2013

13 Summer Festivals to Spend Your Money On in 2013

Summer festivals in the Netherlands: there are plenty, in all shapes and sizes. Whether you want to go wild for one day or for a whole weekend, whether you like pop, dance, comedy or theatre – it’s all there. But where to go? We made a list of 13 summer festivals worth spending your energy and money on in 2013. Take your pick!

by × 19 February 2013

MONARCHY

Willem-Alexander Is Our New King – Should He Grow a Beard?

28 January was a historic day: Beatrix, queen regnant of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1980, announced that she will abdicate on 30 April, in favour of her son Willem-Alexander. He will be the first Dutch king in 123 years. The big question is: should Willem-Alexander grow a royal beard?

by × 18 February 2013

MUSIC

Jacco Gardner. Photo: Nick Helderman

One to Watch: Jacco Gardner, Dutch Son of Syd Barrett

Meet Jacco Gardner, 24, from the small city of Hoorn, forty kilometers north of Amsterdam. His debut album Cabinet of Curiosities was released on 11 February and sounds like a forgotten Syd Barrett record. Which is a good thing, of course. In March, Gardner plans to take over the US with his neo-psych baroque pop.

by × 18 February 2013

LANGUAGE, VIDEO

The Netherlands, Holland, the Dutch. What’s the Difference?

The Netherlands, Holland, the Dutch. What’s the Difference?

It’s confusing, even for us natives. Do we live in the Netherlands, or in Holland? Are we Dutchmen, Hollanders, or Netherlanders? And all those Antillean islands that are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, what’s that about? This superfast video explains it all.

by × 18 February 2013

BackStage Hotel Amsterdam

Name any alternative contemporary artist or band and you can be pretty sure they stayed at the BackStage Hotel. No wonder: it’s perfectly suited for musicians and music lovers alike. The Backstage Bar is stuffed with guitars, lamps disguised as saxophones and drums, a pool table and—of course—Guitar Hero gear. The blackboard paneling and out of tune piano are filled from top to bottom with artist’s autographs and drawings. With 22 rooms, all equipped with an iPod docking station, The BackStage Hotel is of modest size, which makes for a very personal experience.

by × 18 February 2013