ATLANTIC BEACH HOTEL

CONCEPT & DESIGN

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OVERVIEW

Completed in time for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa the Atlantic Beach Hotel is a 38 room, three storey boutique hotel. Purpose-built, to the finest detail in hospitality and leisure, the hotel provides 4 Star accommodation for business travellers and an exclusive venue for corporate retreats. Reflecting the seaside location on the West Coast the architects and interior designers drew reference from the traditions of the seaside village with its humble beach cottages along the Atlantic Ocean. Integrated into the low-key coastal village, the contemporary, bespoke aesthetic of the architecture is connected to the local urban surroundings with indigenous coastal Sandveld planting.

In this landscaped setting the masonry structure of the building is arranged with timber screens, balconies, projecting overhangs, and terracing articulating the façade and linking the interior spaces to the gardens and sea views beyond.

Small by industry standards, the hotel adopts a formal, luxurious residential air. With the designer’s understated approach, the building lends itself to a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere, with the use of natural materials such a white quartzite floors, sandblasted wood, and neutral colour-tones all contributing to the elegant ambience.

The elevated entrance to the light filled reception adjacent to the restaurant is enabled by the partially submerged basement parking that lifts the ground floor giving it the presence of a piano nobile, providing distinction and privacy from the street. The building was designed to adapt to the changing fortunes of the growing economy of the West Coast: the roof anticipates an additional floor, and the plan an extension to the east. In addition, the guestroom layout allows for conversion to two room apartments should the market needs shift.

Team:
Contractor – DDC Construction, Quantity Surveying – Jerry Rogers, Interiors – Source Interior Brand Architects, Structural Engineer – Meny-Gibert & Associates, Electrical Engineer – McAvinchey Consulting Engineers, Fire – D Ronaasen Consulting Engineer, Wet Services – Benetar Consulting, Landscape architect – Tarna Klitzener

CONSTRUCTION

LOCATION

Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

DATE

2007 - 2009