ALA Architects, together with Marriott International and SRV Group, has won the invited competition for the new hotel to be built next to the Tampere Hall Congress and Concert Centre in Tampere, Finland. The hotel will offer convenient accommodation to Tampere Hall’s speakers and performers, as well as to their audiences. It will also strengthen the connection between Tampere Hall and the main building of the University of Tampere.
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The new hotel is a high-quality addition to the Tampere cityscape. The hotel and its next door neighbor, the Tampere Hall, comprise a formal yet natural architectural entity. The hotel also strengthens the connection between Tampere Hall and the main building of the University of Tampere.
The hotel tower is located in the corner of Kalevantie and Yliopistonkatu streets, at a respectful distance from the Congress and Conference Centre's main entrance and the foyer opening towards the Sorsapuisto park. Its scale is similar to the volume of the large concert hall. The new building redefines the entrance plaza as a lively urban plaza lined by the public functions of the ground floor.
The hotel connects to the foyer of Tampere Hall with a green roofed indoor passageway hidden within the newly modified, terraced garden between the main hall and the entrance plaza.
Functionally the hotel building is clear and simple. A ticket booth and a store will be located at the Tampere Hall end of the connection and a restaurant space at the hotel end. The 22 m2 rooms contain all the essential features business travelers need. The spa-like bathrooms are light and airy. The multi-functional event space on the top floor is suitable for parties, meetings and rehearsals. The top floor can also accommodate long-term guests.
The facades are covered with twisted vertical white fiber concrete slats that visually link the hotel with Tampere Hall while also effectively functioning as solar screens. The character of the building changes according to lighting conditions. The asymmetric geometry of the slats frames the views from the hotel rooms. The slats also act as reference to the light colored, narrow, vertical façade elements of the university main building.
'Käännös' grows from the dynamic between the site and the goals of the library program. The interplay between the building’s three individual floors is the key concept of the entry.
The public plaza in front of the building will continue inside, merging with a catalogue of meeting and experience features. The ground floor will be a robust, busy and frequently updated space suitable for quick visits and walkthroughs. The active, zero-threshold public spaces will be visible, attractive, understandable and welcoming to all visitors.
The traditional, serene library atmosphere can be found on the top floor. This will be a calm and contemplative area floating above the busy central Helsinki. It will offer unobstructed, majestic views to the surrounding park and cityscape.
These two contrasting spaces that perfectly complement each other are created by an arching wooden volume. The spaces inside the volume will be enclosed and more intimate. The wooden volume is stretched vertically to create connections to the open main floors below and above.
Kilden, a theater and concert hall in Kristiansand, Norway, has brought together all the city's performing arts institutions. Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra now has a concert hall accommodating 1,200 attendees. The regional Agder Theater is performing in a theater with a capacity of 750, that can be transformed to accommodate opera performances by the local ensemble Opera South. In addition, there is a stage for experimental theater and a multi-purpose hall with a level floor.
Kilden produces experiences. The way the concert, theater and multi-purpose halls are serviced efficiently and without interference forms the core of its architecture. The monumental abstract form of the wall made of local oak separates reality from fantasy. Passing through, the audience will move from natural landscape to the realm of performing arts. This wall made of wedged CNC milled solid planks is not only a disguised theatrical effect but a concrete tactile artifact, which also improves the acoustics of the foyer. The infinite blackness of the other facades emphasizes the spectacle of the foyer.
The project was executed according to original design, and within the given time frame and budget. ALA is currently working on the expansion of the venue.