Braemar hotel marries old and new to win over art-loving guests
March 12 2019
Moxon Architects have brought a Braemar hotel back to its best following an extensive renovation of The Fife Arms, by stripping back unsympathetic extensions and restoring lost character.
The B-listed 46-bedroom hotel has been subject to a wide-ranging overhaul at the hands of current owners Iwan and Manuela Wirth, co-presidents of art gallery Hauser & Wirth, reconfiguring the layout to accommodate a new courtyard through relocation of services.
This central space is lined by ‘stripped bark’ tree trunks supporting a green roof seeded with local varieties of heather.
New build back-of-house areas and an extension to the manager's house are faced with untreated larch, which will weather silver-grey in sympathy with the granite main building.
Moxon director Ben Addy said: “We aimed to revive the landmark building through careful restoration and discreet remodelling of the precious, historic fabric, whilst also dramatically improving the way in which the hotel operates. As a result, Fife Arms can once again be the heart of the village, bringing economic and cultural vitality to the local community and providing an exceptional visitor experience.”
Interior design work has been undertaken by Russell Sage to showcase the owners curated range of historic and contemporary artwork.