Cityscapes Without the City

The Van der Valk Hotel Ultrecht in Ultrecht, Netherlands, recently completed an extensive renovation creating a sleek, modern new look with city center accents throughout. From hall names to wall hangings, the hotel celebrates Ultrecht’s city center. The only problem is the hotel resides on the outskirts of town, not in its center. The solution: a virtual city center view from the hotel’s elevators. Unveiled July 14, and created by cinematographer Robbert Vogtländer, along with computer animation-studio Happy Ship, Hotel Ultrecht now features elevators that travel from the basement to 20th floor, allowing guests to jump out of the water of the Oude Gracht, hover past the Dom Tower cathedral, watch birds fly and wind rock the leaves, and the earth move under the sun with the same accuracy as the clock on the Dom.



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