Toulouse > NH Hotel

Toulouse > NH Hotel

This project for a 4* hotel is situated on a semi-circular section of brownland to the east of Hall A of the airport. It is bordered by the new tramline and 3 roadways. We chose to respect a north-south alignment and position the rectangular volume designed to house the hotel in such a way as to espouse the curve of the site, where access to the airport facilities is provided. The ground floor is amply glazed and opens fully onto the exterior spaces. The bar, restaurant and terrace are open to the public and are equipped with a high level of amenities, offering a warm and pleasant space, at once intimate in feel and enjoying ample exterior views. This is the perfect place for meeting up and sharing pleasant moments, and the architectural design is particularly attentive to detail. The hotel serves as an immediately identifiable showcase for those travelling to the airport by public transport or car. The rooms meet all the requirements laid down in the NH charter. The twist in the ground plan means that most rooms are positioned along an east-west axis. From a structural point of view, the hotel is designed around a network of concrete load-bearing walls. The exterior is clad in Corian®, a material whose use the King Kong team pioneered in architecture, notably for the façade of Hôtel Seeko’o in Bordeaux. Disruptive pattern camouflage, also known as Razzle Dazzle, is a well-known military defence technique whose invention has been attributed to artist Norman Wilkinson, used in the Great War to protect ships from attack by preventing the enemy from estimating their position and course with any precision. Contemporary artists like Elaine Sturtevant have reworked this effect in their work today. It can also be used to dispel the monotony of an unbroken façade (of which examples abound among neighbouring hotels), thereby ‘scrambling’ the onlooker’s reading of the simple, functional volume projected here. Inspiration for the Razzle pattern has come from the counterpoised nature of the building’s volume arrangement, giving rise to a pattern positioned vertically, but in syncopated rather than serial fashion. Each hotel room corresponds to 3 strips in the pattern, of which two comprise windows and each room has its own personality. The building’s façade is stamped with a design which is very much a variation on the theme of non-alignment. Each variation is part of a coherent whole, inspired by the ground plan from which the building rises. The façades are clad in a seamless swathe of Corian® and reflective glazing punctuates the building’s exterior, shining like glow worms at night and immediately signalling the building’s presence. For this is an edifice ‘dressed to the nines’ and symbolic both of the thriving development not only of the NH brand but also Blagnac airport. This highly distinctive and elegant design strikes a clear difference with other hotels in the vicinity and showcases the burgeoning future of the neighbouring airport facilities, clearly and evocatively signalling opportunities to come.
program
construction of a 4* NH Hotel : 150 rooms, with a business centre, a restaurant and a fitness centre
project management
design/execution procedure: Demathieu Bard Construction / project management: atelier King Kong, Berim, SNC-Lavalin, Emacoustic, les éclaireurs
client: Toulouse Blagnac Airport
location: Toulouse Blagnac (31)
surface area: 8 359 m²
Cost (VAT included): 19 680 000 €
date: competition 2016
images/photos: atelier King Kong
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