Arched arcade to define Princes Street hotel
December 11 2020
Fund manager Legal & General has published plans to develop a former department store at 109-112 Princes Street, Edinburgh, as a 210-bed hotel.
A design team led by ICA have been commissioned to oversee the £50m redevelopment which will retain the listed facade and a permeable ground floor frontage while redeveloping the interior of the site through to Rose Street.
This approach will see confused and misaligned interior floorplates demolished, enabling a rationalised new build to be inserted that maximises views of Edinburgh Castle and allow for purpose-built facilities to be created such as an events space, basement spa and rooftop bar.
Central to the chosen approach will be a new infill facade conceived as a 'delicate curtain' at 111 Princes Street framing guest bedroom balconies. Employing a series of double-height stacked arches designed to echo its listed neighbours and defining a new pedestrian connection to Rose Street.
Outlining their facade solution ICA wrote: "For this facade it is proposed to introduce a new thin veil facade which is highly decorated - with the decoration almost acting as a visual storytelling device.
"This sculptural approach leaves a number of potential avenues of exploration open - with potential ideas such as taking sculptural cues from the facade decoration of 109 and 112 and using themin a modern collage, or the creation of a piece of newly commissioned sculptural art or even just a series of different textured surfaces.
"To achieve the required aesthetic it is proposed to use a Glass-fibre Reinforced Concrete which would allow maximum flexibility of design, detailing and finish."
The proposed materials palette comprises glass-reinforced concrete, panelled render and zinc with white glazed brick specified for interior courtyard elevations.
Interventions to the rear will see an overbearing double-stacked access bridge spanning Rose Street Lane South rebuilt as a single storey link
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