Planning a trip to the Dutch capital soon and still looking for accommodation? Boudewijn Rückert has it all planned out for you already. The Dutch artist created the “perfectly based apartment” in the heart of the city.
His Inkijkbnb, meaning the bed and breakfast that you can look into, is situated in metro station Wibautstraat in the city center. The artist used a small space of the underground station and equipped with a bed and furniture, for it to fully resemble a hotel room, just like the ones that can be found on Airbnb.
The airspace is advertised as appropriate for 2 people, “really cosy and comfortable and ideal for your Amsterdam exploring”. On top of that, the Inkijkbnb is situated “very near” to public transport — a hint to the apartment being in an actual metro station.
Boudewijn Rückert’s installation is intended to show that nearly every space in Amsterdam can be used as an unofficial hotel room — pointing to the fact that the city’s housing market is struggling, even more so since the launch of Airbnb, which has taken around 15,000 (!) flats out of the city’s housing market. These apartments are rented out to tourists visiting the city, and thus not available for the Amsterdammers themselves — even though urgently needed.