This new build hotel is set into the rolling hills of Kilternan, just outside of Dublin. The architects for the building, Heneghan and Peng, describe it as a 'half a kilometre idea' in reference to the sweeping gestural curve of the building and its landscape. The hotel is spread out along the line of the curve and linked by a dramatic diagonal staircase that cuts through the rock. The original Springfield House is enveloped by the new construction and anchored in a vast first floor terrace.
Our interior design concept developed around a focus on community. The concrete frame that was left from the former hotel, made famous when Mohamed Ali stayed there, became the starting point for a more rough and ready narrative. These 'as found' spaces are the bar and restaurant featuring exposed concrete soffits with visible ducting and wiring. The furnishings are seen as curated pieces within the space with personalities eschewing the more predictable route of a unified theme. In the public area a similar approach is taken and the inside characterised by white painted walls, natural stone and timber flooring and chunky stainless steel 'tin can' lighting.
The bedrooms are divided into four typologies. In each case the rooms themselves are neutral with brightly coloured tiled bathrooms. Again, unlikely juxtapositions of furniture, fixtures and fittings give a sense of the experimental.