HUG THE SITE
It is the ubiquity of long corridors and repetitive rooms that has consigned most hotels into a cliché. This repetitive logic, seen as an economic imperative, treats the individual as a mere manageable entity (a ”key”) and subjugates difference into uniformity. Our design takes the challenge of a narrow and restricted site to push and pull against the constraints, articulating a calligraphic line that flexes and hugs the opposing edges of the site. This sinuous line draws the rooms out along the linear dimension of the plot, generating its own logic and expression against the rigid massing of tower blocks and residential towers that defi ne the sites to the west.
LINK TO RIVER
The view to the river and distant hills is given priority and preference for the hotel rooms, with all rooms focused eastwards. The rooms themselves are defi ned by three different and distinct internal layouts and proportions. This diversity, achieved within a standard construction format, creates a highly articulated fa?ade to the east,with rooms being wider or narrower, longer or shorter. The western elevation displayed a graceful glass line, supple and twisting like the back of an albino snake or serpent.
LIFT FOR VIEWS
The hotel rooms are elevated above the ground plane, situated on top of the reception, bar/restaurant and gallery. They exist as a distinct domain of habitation, raised above the functions of entry, entertainment, congregation and service. The rooms gain views across the immediate landscape and are afforded views to the river, the distant hills and the sky. The meandering line that defines this upper level, twists and turns, shifting the orientation and the viewpoints.
BUILDINGS + GARDENS
The site is divided into two main sectors – the hotel building and its necessary components and the gallery-garden. The northern half of the site contains the main hotel functions: reception, offi ces, services, restaurant/café and bar, with hotel rooms situate don two levels above. This main massing is concentrated to the north, with a section of the hotel rooms trailing across to the southern half of the site. The southern half is itself a hybrid composition, with galleries dispersed in a garden landscape, or alternatively, a series of landscape courtyards embedded in a gallery complex.
SOLID & OPEN
The northern sector of the site is an open fi eld with a sinuous object meandering across. The edges remain open to entry and to passage across. The southern half of the site is a closed perimeter, with gallery surfaces and fi ligree walls enclosing gardens and internal landscapes.
This hybrid interior and exterior composition brings together the display galleries with the gardens of quietude and repose. Moving between gallery and garden, between intense focus and relaxed gaze, these two contrasting domains are conjoined to generate a sequence of varied moments and experiences, moving from inside to outside, from the display of objects to the presence of nature. These sealed gallery volumes and the walled garden enclosure conveys privacy,intimacy and restrained privilege.