YAYS Amsterdam Salthouse Canal
It’s hard to believe for those who are not familiar with the amazing tenacity and imagination of Dutch engineering, but the city of Amsterdam was partly built on artificial islands over the course of the Golden Age. YAYS Western Islands stands on one of them, the Zoutkeetsgracht (literally, ‘salt depot canal’), named after the many salt warehouses in use during the 18th century. Your place in Amsterdam could be in this impressive building. Where once it was used to store and process salt, today it is a peaceful haven for urban explorers, those looking for a stylish apartment with modern comforts amid the historic charm of the Jordaan district. Whitewashed brick walls, beamed ceilings and historic details are reminders of the building’s heritage. This area is a favourite with local artists and real Amsterdammers, who want to live in a tranquil area tucked away between Central Station and the main Jordaan district.