With an almost perfect occupancy rate, the Ibis Hotel is one of the most profitable hotels in Amsterdam. For the construction of the original hotel (1988-1992) the council allowed for future expansion. In 2001, Ruland + Partner Architekten bna, now Ruland Architecten, was asked to research options for doubling the capacity. The city plan was also amended at the time, expansion of the hotel was now allowed at the rear of the building only, over the railroad tracks.
The design takes into account the city planning boundary conditions as well as the sensitivity of the location. The existing hotel is not held in high regard by the public and the expansion plans initially met with a lot of criticism. Fears that the new building would detract from the Cuypers bocage and obscure the view of the monumental roof construction of the Central Station have proved unfounded.