The Dean Hotel, Cork, is situated in the North Docklands area of Cork City, Ireland, and forms part of a mixed-use development. The striking and unique form is generated in response to the site’s immediate environment, its relationship to the other elements of the masterplan and the greater landscape of this part of the city.
The transition in scale from Lower Glanmire Road to the River Lee is reinforced by sloping the roof of the building along this axis, the slope acts as a foil to the Montenotte ridge when viewed from east and west. The lines of the plan are in response to the roads, rail lines and buildings of the immediate vicinity.
The height/shape of the building minimises any impact to the north, mindful of the residents that face the Northern façade, this elevation features no window or threat to privacy.
The shape of the building is ‘carved’ from unseen forces of its context, a concept accentuated by the external skin, which appears hewn from the raw, a precious stone, everchanging in the light.
The black colour contrasts the white limestone of the adjacent Carriage Sheds in a symbiotic relationship where each compliments the other.
The black clad structure provides Horgan’s Quay with a 120-bedroom hotel with rooftop restaurant and marked the first stage of the Northern Quarter masterplan. Construction was carried out in conjunction with the conservation of a Carriage Shed building, development of the public plaza and is to be followed by a 24-unit apartment building.
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