In order to integrate the operational and social mechanics of hotel culture into the everyday life of contemporary cities, ZA Architects have designed a hotel that occupies the space above a city street and hangs between existing buildings. The proposal itself is half street/ half building. Its volume encloses a number of public activities, creating a vibrant atmosphere that encourages interaction between locals and hotel visitors.
All communications and people streams conduct through the heart of the building, comprising playgrounds, shops, exhibition spaces, bars, etc. From it, visitors are able to get to the pathways hung to the existing building facades, which lead to hotel rooms scattered on the old buildings. Neighboring office workers and tenants can inlay doors to these balcony-ways and use them and all given public facilities as well. The hotel doesn’t have its private services. All facilities (laundries, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms, etc.) are used both by hotel visitors and locals. The hotel contains a range of entities already present on the street level –theater, gym, restaurant, etc. Hotel visitors are provided with “all inclusive” cards, which allow them to use all aforesaid functions for free.
To commemorate the 2013 Skyscraper Competition, eVolo published a collector’s edition of its highly acclaimed book “eVolo Skyscrapers”. The book is a two-volume, 1300-page set with the best 300 projects received during the last years. Only 150 copies are available worldwide.