Architect and Builder Magazine South Africa Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 - Page 90

TYPICAL FLOOR PLAN FIRST FLOOR PLAN GROUND FLOOR PLAN building and heat losses in colder periods while providing a valuable acoustic barrier to traffic and wind noise. The brickwork used on the façade as well as internally has a high thermal mass which works to both absorb and release heat energy keeping the building cool, whilst the tiling which is part of a ‘rain screen’ cladding system, acts as a solar shade. Any waste heat from the air conditioning chillers is recovered and used to heat water for the hotel. Spaces that don’t require artificial cooling, such as the carpark, have been designed to benefit from natural cross-ventilation, achieved by the use of a perforated brick façade designed for visual sensibility. As well as permitting natural air circulation, the brickwork creates an elegant visual screen to the street which provides an interesting animated façade when backlit at night. Locally sourced materials have been specified where possible. DMA also considered the ability of materials to withstand the specific climatic conditions prolonging the endurance and life cycle of the building. Their experience and expertise in hotel design helped them to optimise the hotel’s internal spatial planning, minimising the size of the footplate. The all-important acoustics Traditionally hotels always have a proportion of interleading rooms, useful for families or instances where guests have assistants or carers. Normally this is achieved by an interconnection through the wall opposite the bed, mostly with dual doors for acoustic reasons. DMA’s experience as hotel specialist 90 Tsogo Sun