Doughnut-plan Edinburgh Airport hotel eats into accommodation shortfall
June 9 2020
Edinburgh Airport is to play host to another new hotel under plans submitted for a 251-bed venue at the travel hub.
ICA Architects have been commissioned to deliver the Ibis Red branded hotel to the south-west of the main terminal building on the corner of Fairview and Islington Road's on land currently in use as long-stay parking.
Commenting on the challenging context the architects wrote: "The urban context, or lack thereof, of an airport site can make it challenging to develop a considered architectural approach.
"The design of the proposed Ibis Red hotel builds upon the sense of arrival and the excitement of travel, offering a stylish, contemporary alternative to today’s traveller."
The doughnut-plan hotel will afford courtyard and airport views to all rooms with active front of house spaces such as bars and restaurants filling a glazed western elevation, with full-height glazing extending to the interior courtyard.
Turning to face the south-east corner of the site a statement is made with a bold primary block to the west finished in black aluminium rain-screen cladding above a grey brick base, with contrasting white aluminium to secondary facades.
Ibis Red would complement a 200-bed aviation-themed hotel on the same stretch of road with a separate application for a standalone bar and restaurant due shortly.
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