Reinventing the Clarence Hotel
As reported on the HDMag.com website:
Irish music icons-turned hoteliers, U2′s Bono and the Edge, are teaming up with Foster + Partners to reinvent the Dublin’s Clarence Hotel. The London architecture firm is due to submit proposals to the Dublin City Council for an almost $200 million reinvention and expansion of the hotel.
"The redevelopment of the Clarence Hotel is an ambitious project—architecturally and structurally—with a confident yet sympathetic civic presence," says senior partner and chairman, Norman Foster.
Combining the restoration of the existing quayside façade with new additions, a "skyroom" and viewing terrace will unite the existing buildings. A number of progressive sustainability strategies, including the maximization of natural light (a sculptural "sky catcher" is designed to pull daylight in) and ventilation, will ensure an energy-efficient and environmentally sensitive mixed-use hotel, spa, and conference facility.
And a publicly accessible ground floor complete with restaurants, shops, cafés, and bars, facing both the riverfront on Wellington Quay and Essex Street East to the South, promises to create a new urban destination. "[The project] presents an exciting opportunity to regenerate Temple Bar’s river frontage, while also creating a bold new addition to Dublin’s skyline," says Foster.