A new book exploring the transformation of a former bank vault into the entrancing W Amsterdam's AWAY Spa, published by Design Story Publishing

The Story of a Bank that Became a Spa  – image credit to Design Story Publishing

The Story of a Bank that Became a Spa – image credit to Design Story Publishing

February 2017: Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC), owner of W Amsterdam, is pleased to announce the publication of "The Story of a Bank that became a Spa", an engaging book exploring the history of the former Kas Bank's vault and its conversion into W Amsterdam's AWAY Spa. To be launched on the 17th of February with an event at W Amsterdam, the book showcases the unique vision of EHPC Owner and Founder Liran Wizman who, on his first visit to the building, recognised the vault's potential and re-purposed it to become a luxurious spa and trademark destination in the centre of Amsterdam. His vision was then translated into reality through the collaboration with interior designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg, architect Uri Gilad from Office Winhov and spa specialist Willem-Jan Kuipers from 4SeasonsSpa.

"When I first visited the monument, I immediately thought it would make an incredible and very different spa. The structure of the building creates an urban and down-to-earth atmosphere in a space that you would not immediately associate with wellness. The sleek design, brass finishes are inspired by the industrial details of the bank, creating a darker and mysterious environment. This book celebrates the transformation of the historically rich monument into a modern healing retreat." Liran Wizman, Owner and Founder of Europe Hotels Private Collection and W Amsterdam

The Story of a Bank that Became a Spa visually guides the reader through the story of the bank during its prime and how it was converted into W Amsterdam’s AWAY Spa. Divided into multiple sections, the book first provides the historical perspective of the Bank's glorious past, featuring interesting anecdotes and a glimpse into its previous life through the testimony of its former visitors. The book also features exclusive interviews with the creative minds who contributed to the Spa's realisation: EHPC Owner Liran Wizman, Willem-Jan Kuipers from 4SeasonsSpa, interior designers Baranowitz + Kronenberg and architect Uri Gilad from Office Winhov. They all discuss their subjective encounters with the building and, mindful of the building's heritage and integrity, their individual journey to transform it. 

Featured throughout the book is a collection of captivating imagery from the past and the present, from archive black and white photographs of the bank to images of its new sumptuous, urban appearance. The visuals shed further light on the historical and architectural metamorphosis of the building. They take the reader through its progression from a place of cherished valuables and secrecy to an inviting, all-immersive setting for locals and travellers alike. Also featured in the book are the different materials and techniques utilised to translate this monumental location into a pinnacle of urban luxury. 


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About the AWAY Spa
An innovative, luxurious interpretation of a traditional spa, the AWAY Spa is the most recent addition to W Amsterdam and provides guests and locals with a sanctuary of refined tranquility amid the bustling city center. Characterised by a dimmed lighting scene and an overall black and gold colour palate, the AWAY Spa was designed using materials like rocky basalt stone, brass, oak and elm wood. These are evocative of the feeling generated by the former use of the space – a mysterious, alluring vault where people used to cherish their precious valuables. 

About Europe Hotels Private Collection
Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC) is an independent hotel management company based in Amsterdam. EHPC creates locally inspired storytelling hotel concepts in strategic locations in Amsterdam and selected key destinations across Europe. EHPC manages this collection of individually designed hotels in Europe and creates lifestyle hospitality concepts and brands. The collection includes the contemporary design-led lifestyle brand SIR hotels with hotels in Amsterdam, Berlin, Hamburg, and Ibiza (2017), Max Brown Hotels, Park Hotel, as well as the concept store X BANK in Amsterdam.

About Liran Wizman
Liran Wizman began his career transforming the hospitality industry in 2001, when he founded Grand City Hotel, one of the largest and most prolific hotel management companies in Europe, and the largest hotel owner-operator group in Germany, now owning over 65 hotels across Europe with more than 15,500 hotel rooms. Wizman is also the Chairman and Founder of Amsterdam based hotel and restaurant development company EHPC Holding, and owner of EHPC Holding’s subsidiary group Europe Hotels Private Collection (EHPC) that encompasses design led lifestyle hotels including SIR hotels, Max Brown Hotels, W Amsterdam and Park Hotel Amsterdam. Together with Yossi Eliyahoo, Wizman is the Co-founder of another subsidiary of EHPC Holding, EHPC’s strategic culinary partner: The Entourage Group, a turn-key food and beverage service specifically designed for hospitality venues with brands including MOMO, IZAKAYA, MR. PORTER, The DUCHESS, and The BUTCHER. Wizman is a master at rebranding and redeveloping hospitality venues, giving them new life by creating a unique experience to each location as well as adding his own personal touch.

About 4SeasonsSpa
4SeasonsSpa creates innovative and professional spa solutions for luxury hotels, spa centers, high-end residential spaces and for the super yacht industry. Building truly custom made spa experiences is at the core of what 4SeasonsSpa is specialized in.
Without preconceived ideas or standard products, 4SeasonsSpa transforms the architect's/designer's vision into an actual feasible, sustainable and functional spa. The company can take care of the complete process starting from spa consultancy, co-design, engineering, up to production and installation, including hand-over training and full service maintenance.

About W Amsterdam
W Amsterdam brings the distinctive New York cosmopolitan vibe to the capital of the Netherlands, showcasing what is new and next in fashion, design and entertainment. The hotel is divided into two historical locations that used to house the Telephone Exchange and KAS Bank, both situated right behind the royal palace in the vibrant center of Amsterdam. All the 238 rooms and suites are characterized by a mix of modern design and historical details with a touch of typical Amsterdam landmarks. On the top floor of the Exchange building you will find restaurant MR PORTER as well as the iconic rooftop bar W Lounge offering a stunning 360-view over the city. The BANK building -located right across the street of the Exchange building - houses THE DUCHESS, an elegant and stylish restaurant inspired by the Époque and retail concept X BANK. With this gallery, W Amsterdam offers Dutch artists and designers a platform to exhibit art, fashion and photography. Also located in the BANK building are X BAR where guests can refuel and have a detoxifying experience, the AWAY Spa & FIT, a destination spa with a gold and diamond design offering various tailor-made treatments, and well known restaurant The Butcher. For more information visit: or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

About W Hotels Worldwide
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, W is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020, defying expectations and breaking the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring and infectious, W Hotels’ super-charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later. For more information, visit or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Jacob Peres Office