- Location: Manchester
- Programme: 2008
- Client: Artisan PLC
- Contract Value: £12 million
Arca was invited by Artisan to reimagine the town centre budget hotel as environmentally sustainable yet urban. The prototype site was in Salford, though sites across England had been identified.
Based on a ‘pinwheel’ plan around a central covered courtyard, the 96 rooms are prefabricated with high insulation standards. The fibre-cement cladding forms a smooth skin around the accommodation. With shutters to close the building at night, the facade is multi-layered, presenting a dynamic, changing face to the city around.
Below the regular upper floor sits a freeform ground floor plan, allowing site-specific adaptation.