This Project consists of the re-development of the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise comprising the demolition of a 1950’s hotel with numerous later additions and the construction of a 90 bedroom 4-star hotel with pavilion bar and restaurant, gym, pool and health & beauty facilities.
The main hotel element is an ‘L’ shaped form consisting of 4 storeys over 2 storeys of basement car parking and services. The sloping nature of the site allows for natural ventilation to all car park levels.
The ground floor houses the main reception, dining and leisure facilities with the upper floors facilitating the bedrooms and corporate meeting rooms. The expression of the main hotel building is realised in crisp white render and patinated green copper. A limestone plinth anchors the main hotel building. A single storey a-symmetric lightweight pavilion -the bar and restaurant - engages with the adjacent main roadway and forms a forecourt for the hotel entrance. A glass and cedar clad link connects the pavilion with the main hotel building.
The leisure facilities are housed in a single storey element within the overall development. A mono-pitch roof extends to create a glazed clerestory allowing morning light to enter the pool areas.
The architectural expression of the windows on the hotel façade creates an even rhythm to the overall volume and mass of the main hotel building. Timber panels are incorporated in the larger hotel windows creating a strong cohesion between the timber pavilion and the main hotel building.
Patinated green copper, cedar cladding and limestone juxtaposed with angled walls and sloping roof planes indicates the architectural intent for this project.