THE CHOICE OF THE STARS. The hotel at Brattøra redefines the classical atrium hotel typology to a new and strong identity. The rooms are arranged/organized in four highly rational structures all oriented towards the perfect view. The rotation transforms the atrium from an enclosed central space to a 3-dimensional star shaped lobby space.
Unlike the classical American and Asian hotel atrium where everything is exposed in a centralized and vertical, magnificent but one-dimensional experience under a glass cover – the lobby is here given a 3-dimensional and dynamic spatial experience with a programmed roof, and a sequence of shifts between glimpse and panorama, intimacy and spectacular exposure.
The hotel bears references to the local city fabric of Trondheim in the combination between the large structural lines and the small intimate ‘ally’.
The project is a new type of city block – transformed by two forces: the orientation of the private rooms in relation to views – and inside: the dynamic shape of the common/collective /shared/public space in between with glimpses and passages towards the harbour basin, the fjord and the park. The hotel becomes a landmark without front or backside – but oriented towards the city and the fjord for optimal views in all directions: A lighthouse by the sea and inviting from the city.
THE LOBBY AREA AT GROUND LEVEL BELONGS TO THE CITY AND THE PUBLIC SPACE. The hotel room structure is ‘dissolved’ at ground level to increase the public accessibility at ground level. The openness secures good orientation from inside and out – and internally between reception, elevators, lobby bar restaurant, exhibition area and conference. Cross connections, shortcuts and moving of common functions into the adjacent squares are encouraged: outdoor dining at the south-west faced terraces by the Brattøra basin, pause areas in the park, exhibition and entertainment can turn towards an outdoor arena and representative ‘red carpet’ entrance with fountain and stone garden are facing the city.
SUPERSTAR LOBBY, the exceptional common space of the hotel connects all the public functions from ground level to the upper floors – spanning between the rational hotel room structures. In the 3-dimensional lobby, the fireplace room, conference facilities and sky bar with roof terrace are shaped in a free form to take advantage of unique attractions towards the park, the Brattøra basin and the free view above neighbour buildings. The internal crystalline shape, fragmented, but vertically sacral – gives associations to dramatic ice formations with cliffs, rips and ice floes.
CLIENT Star Property C/O Realinvest
LOCATION Trondheim, Norway
SITE Former industrial waterfront
AREA 35 000 m2
PROGRAMME 400 hotel rooms and conference for 2.000 people, restaurant, sky bar and meeting facilities
STATUS First prize competition 2006-2007, completed May 2012
DESIGN Space Group
PARTNER IN CHARGE Adam Kurdahl
TEAM Adam Kurdahl, Gro Bonesmo, Gary Bates, Wenche Andreassen, Thomas Bang Jespersen, Gerald Bliem, Peder Brandt, Grant Cooper, Erich Gerlach, Gesine Gummi, Karoliina Hartiala, Kaisa Heijerman, Karsten Huitfeldt, Enlai Hooi, Fredrik Krogeide, Claudia Laarman, Svetlana Muromskaya, Naofumi Namba, Jens Niehues, Jens Noach, Hans Papke, Tim Prins, Minna Riska, Nathan Smith, Lotte Sponberg, Anne Wodstrup
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT Space Group, PLAN arkitekter AS
INTERIOR ARCHITECT Space Group/ Björken Architects
ENGINEERING Arup & Partners London
FAÇADES Metallplan (Franco Bløchlinger)
STRUCTURE Arup & Partners London (competition), Aas-Jakobsen Trondheim AS (construction)
MECHANICAL Skanska Tekniske/ Sweco
ELECTRICAL Skanska Tekniske/ Sweco
FIRE Reinertsen Engineering (competition), NEAS (construction)
PROJECT MANAGEMENT Optiman
CONTRACTOR Skanska Norge
PHOTOGRAPHY Ivan Brodey, Erling Skjelvik, CST, Skanska, Habeisen, Space Group
VISUALIZATIONS MIR AS, Luxigon
AWARDS METALL 13 - 2013 The Norwegian Bank Realestate Award 2012