Tropical architecture takes advantage of the climate by blurring the edges between the interiors and the exteriors. Louvers and various shading devices provide veiling effects on the views and much needed shade for the guests. The plan is also cut and clustered in a way that gives guests surprising openings throughout the hotel. The design program called for an ultra modern contemporary hotel that takes note of the site as a place of fond nostalgic memories and breathtaking views.
The idea was to create by making only positive interventions and additions we pay homage to and embrace this site of memory. The opportunity to create a crystalline palace was evident in the structural framework of the existing building. This crystallinity is realized most strongly in the hotel’s main lobby where the sun enters the skylight and filters through the criss-crossing beams and creates a kaleidoscope of light and shadow as it hits the globular crystal chandeliers and falls on the gleaming white marble floors.
This is your welcome view of TOL. The rest of the hotel opens up through huge bay windows and full height glass doors framed in white powder coated aluminum trimmings. This creates an expansive, seemingly endless, lobby space on the ground floor, a sleek modern interpretation of contemporary urban hotel living. A new floor was added to improve the structural proportions of the hotel. This 8-meter high space serves as a penthouse ballroom with an amazing backdrop that defines the hotel from its backdrop. This space is anchored by a cubist crown that serves as the hotel’s marquee and also acts as a beacon that is visible from the rest of the city.
From the outside hotel’s luminous, airy quality, accented by white-washed walls stands out in stark contrast to verdant greens and blue skies. This is then underlined by retaining strips of the existing cyclopean volcanic rock walls.Location: Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines Architect: WTA Architecture + Design Studio
Year + Status: 2012 – Completed
GFA + Program: 15000 sq.m. – Hotel