Twelve years after the transformation of this former print-works building into 4 star hotel, IBA were invited back to rework the ground floor public areas including the reception, lounge / bar, restaurant and buffet zones.
The brief was to update the spaces and to integrate the bar with the reception areas. The intention was draw inspiration from the industrial heritage and printing imagery of the building and to reflect this the design uses copper sheet to clad the bar and metal framed elements mirroring the decorative motifs found on the facade.
The atmosphere is much more open and informal with the bar now facing the reception and the back lounge areas. Parts of the ceiling and walls are opened up to highlight the original concrete and brick construction as a memory of the buildings industrial heritage. Guests are encouraged to linger in the social areas where there are a variety of settings to suit group or individual activities all provided with modern technology access.