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CLARIDGES HOTEL, CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA An opportunity came to look at refurbishing a dilapidated art deco building that housed a budget level hotel within central Cape Town in order to create a new 5star boutique hotel. The original 5 floor art deco building with its central void/atrium had a decent internal layout and this was simply to be returned to its former glory with some rooms being knocked together to make bigger suites. New ‘light box’ bathrooms were inserted to every room and these also provided lighting to the windowless central corridor areas. 2 extra floors forming a glass box on top of the roof added some new penthouses apartments The ground floor and first floor podium areas of the existing hotel had been continually altered over many years and were a maze of confused poor quality spaces. The proposed design completely rebuilt these levels and utilised the central atrium to house the main restaurant. Green vegetation was used to line the walls of the atrium and improve the view of internally looking bedrooms above. The front of the podium facing onto the main street was terraced to create openness between the hotels spaces and the street, with a public bar/café. The key feature of this area was a suspended lap pool accessed from private sunbathing areas at first floor level. Along with large text signage, this pool served to signpost the hotels presence in the city.