Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Aqaba Hotel in Jordan by Accent Design Group
January 15th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Accent Design Group
Due to the small size of the land and the lack of landscape, the main concept in this project is to introduce a fifth façade that would act as a green area. From the existing grid structure and the basic volume that result from it, vertical and horizontal shiftings are operated in order to create a roof terracing. The terraces are landscaped to provide green areas, both private for the suites and public for the common spaces of the hotel. Cantilevers and openings are created toward the surrounding views.
The entrance of the project from the north dives the visitor into a triple height partly embedded lobby that open-up toward the outside garden through an impressive landscaped stairs. The two first basements floors are mainly dedicated to the lobby lounge area, entertainment (ballroom, restaurants and bars) and SPA.
On ground floor, restaurants expand outdoor toward the most public exposed areas. Starting from ground, the 79 rooms – divided in 4 types – are mixing according the building architecture’s variations. In the upper floors of the hotel, the swimming pool and roof top restaurant enjoy an amazing view on the surrounding.
The bright stone and bright wood materials used in the façade merge the building in the surrounding environment.
Elie ABS, is a co-founder and managing partner of ACCENT DG. Elie has graduated from Lebanese American University, School of Architecture in 1997 and subsequently gained the post-professional Graduate Design M.arch & Urbanism Degree from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He has worked at KPF London. He has also taught architecture and urban design at the Lebanese American University (LAU) in Lebanon.
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