New Hotel developments often embrace repetition and replication to oﬀer mass market accommodation. However, the spatial experience of residents is adversely aﬀected. Such an approach on this plot based on a two ﬂoor typical plan would have resulted in rooms that oﬀer no open views to the lagoon.
Given the limited ability to excavate on the site, the parking is utilized as a podium to initially elevate the hotel. The massing is further transformed by mediating between the elevated urban buildings and the lowest point of pedestrian access. This results in open lagoon views to all the rooms. The building is thus integrated within the urban fabric as a volumetric transition between the changing urban grain.
Boulevard Hotel / Abidjan, Ivory Coast / 2017 / 2000sqm