program: 120 hotel rooms, conference & meeting rooms, restaurant, public viewing gallery
area: 2500 m2
design: allard architecture
structural engineer: ABT - Engineering Consultants
Located within a leisure area just outside the new town of Lelystad, this design for a contemporary hotel is supported by an existing concrete telecommunications tower and a new tensile structure. Taking cues from the nearby sailboats, the hotel is anchored to its surroundings with tensile cables attached near the top of the tower running parallel with the concrete shaft to its base. The hotel rooms are then prefabricated and attached to this structure. The existing slender concrete tower is cleaned out and becomes the core for the building services. Topping off the tower is an anonymous glass volume provides public space for both the hotel reception and meeting space.