BLAAUWBERG BEACH HOTEL
Construction on the Blaauwberg Beach Hotel started in 2009, after a two year planning process. An apartment block was previously approved on the property, but when the client purchased the land they briefed Axion Architects to redesign the development to accommodate a Radisson Hotel.
The site was encumbered by several restrictions. The height limit was set and, although the two properties of which the site consisted was consolidated, a 3.17m "ghost building line" had to be retained along the common boundaries of the original erven above ground level. This posed a significant design challenge, as all the services in the building had to be doubled up as the above ground structure had to be constructed in two towers. Particularly challenging was to design the common areas and linking services to accommodate horizontal circulation below ground level.
We managed to achieve this within the high level of specifications set out by the Rezidor Group, and also managed to achieve spectacular ocean-facing views for all the rooms and suites.
The entrance level comprises of a restaurant, kitchen, reception foyer and a shop, with the next two floors housing a conference facility with a business centre, a day spa, pool and lounge area, as well as the majority of the administrative offices and back-of-house areas.
The upper four levels accommodate two floors of luxury apartments, with double storey penthouses at the top of the respective towers. The penthouses have dedicated elevator access and large outdoor decks and entertainment areas.