City Lodge Hotel Gateway

2002- 2004

Umhlanga

 

* as SVA(Durban)


The brief that the new hotels within the Hotel group chain were to be designed to respond to urbanity and context was the first in a new chain of hotel designs for the group. The site location off Fountain Court on Palm Boulevard, Gateway required that the design respond to the urban context by respecting the corner treatment of the side road leading into the circular roadway as well as to the major public space. The treatment of the curved corner glazing to the main stair as well as the glazed view-lift is the anchor point to the external treatment of the street facades. The curved fa├žade facing Fountain Court and the creation of an internal but public courtyard defines the mass of the building as well as a contributes to the urban fabric of the precinct.