Foster & U2's Bono partner Irish hotel project
Dublin's Clarence Hotel is an upscale establishment that is about to
undergo a 21st century renovation. The Clarence is being redeveloped by
the project's owners, U2's Bono and the Edge, to be one of the "most
spectacular hotels in Europe". The project, which is being designed by
Foster and Partners, is estimated to cost 150 million euros. The new
hotel will have 114 rooms, 14 suites and a world-class spa.
Andy Bow, a senior partner at Foster's practice described the hotel in
the Irish Times as being organised around a "skycatcher atrium" that
would rise from the basement level to the roof. A reflective canopy is
to cover the structure.
Norman Foster described the Clarence in the Irish press as "an ambitious
project" that will create "a bold new addition to Dublin's skyline.