This project presented the considerable challenge of transforming a dreary 1960s era department store into a contemporary hotel in the midst of a historic high street. Standing out from the eclectic mix of Georgian, Victorian, Neoclassical, and Modern architecture, it is the Tudor buildings--the Chester Rows lining the high street and surrounding Eastgate Clock--that dominate this part of Chester. Wishing to honor, but not repeat, this history, we studied existing proportions, colours, and components to create a new and contemporary piece that will sit comfortably alongside its older neighbours.
Existing high street building
Preliminary sketch studies
Quintessential Tudor elements--the black & white colour palette, pitched roofs, and grid pattern--invoke the iconic style while clean lines and contemporary materials complement the new high street aesthetic.