The new hotel is a high-quality addition to the Tampere cityscape. The hotel and its next door neighbor, the Tampere Hall Concert and Congress Centre, 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 Centre’s main entrance and the foyer opening towards the Sorsapuisto park. The new building redefines the entrance square as a lively urban plaza lined by the public functions of the ground floor. The hotel connects to the foyer of Tampere Hall with an indoor passageway.
Functionally the hotel building is clear and simple. The hotel reception, a service counter, a multi-functional restaurant space and a gym will be located by the hotel entrance. The rooms will contain all the essential features that business travelers need. The spa-like bathrooms will be light and airy. The floor-to-ceiling windows will provide the hotel rooms with enticing views of the surrounding cityscape. The guests staying in the rooms located on the upper-most floors will even be able to take in views of the wider urban area.
The facades are made of textured white concrete of varying depth, which visually links the hotel with Tampere Hall. The selected surface material also acts as a reference to the narrow, vertical white concrete façade elements of the university’s main building.
The commission is based on ALA, together with SRV and Marriott International, winning 1st prize in the invited competition organized by the City of Tampere and Tampere Hall in 2013-2014.