Triple One Properties Limited identified an opportunity to build a hotel on a unique infill site in downtown Calgary, AB that will support densification in the City’s core. The hotel will meet the demand for guest accommodations at compelling price points for business and pleasure travelers. The vision was to create a boutique hotel design featuring Kohler branded guestrooms that will enhance the diversity and vitality in the neighborhood, a predominant destination for business, retail, entertainment and culture. The 16-story, 150-room hotel will fly the Hampton Inn by Hilton banner.
To realize the vision, NORR worked collaboratively with Triple One and a geographically diverse team of consultants to conceptualize a design that considered the hotel brand, guest demographics, site constraints and opportunities, and entitlements as provided by jurisdictional permissions.
The dynamic qualities of the urban setting are recognized through the way the hotel program integrates the public and resident guest experience. Design features such as the street level facetted building elements communicate the hotel’s image, animate the streetscape and form the protected and welcoming pathway to the main entrance. The design incorporates accessible glazed connections to the +15 walkways, a retail storefront and views that extend from the guestrooms and penthouse level common amenities to connect to the neighboring array of modern skyscrapers and historic buildings.
Site and design strategy were shaped by several inventive solutions employed to solve planning challenges presented on a narrow 50-foot parcel of land. The design managed functional and formal requirements such as pedestrian and vehicular access by introducing a one-way porte-cochere and provides a managed underground parking solution comprised of triple-high vehicle stacker serviced by a car lift.
Material choices reflect sustainable strategies focused on envelope durability, ease of maintenance, urban heat island reduction and increased thermal insulation performance and the overall contemporary hotel concept that celebrates the dynamic urban environment.
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