Architect and Builder Magazine – Destiny Hotel

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Destiny Hotel is a new hotel under construction in Bredell, Kempton Park. The hotel is owned and developed by Akani Properties, and is a further addition to the existing 40-key hotel and the newly-built 2,090-seater Ekurhuleni International Convention Centre, both located on the property.

Designed by Bentel Associates International, the new 248-key hotel is intended as a complementary addition to the existing hotel and conference centre, with the provision of additional guestrooms and exclusive guest facilities, all bolstering the current product offering.The hotel is positioned at the northern end of the property, and the design intent took certain aesthetic cues from the existing conference centre with respect to colour and materiality.

Due to the proposed 7-storey (Ground + 6 levels) height of the hotel, and the low-density surrounding residential area, the intent was to design the hotel in a layered and longitudinal approach, thereby reducing the perceived height of the building.The first experience of the hotel will be via a ‘grand’ glazed porte-cochère, which is the guest approach into the large hotel lobby, containing reception desk(s), guest lifts, group check-in and access to the external space beyond. The central-piece of the building has been accentuated on the façade with a vertical ‘rib’ feature, a major signage opportunity for the hotel. The ground floor has been designed as a public area ‘street’, opening out to the hotel gardens and pool terrace beyond. Along this ‘street’, provision has been made for lounge, all-day dining, bar, boardroom and business cubicle offerings. Due to the proximity of the adjacent conference centre, further meeting room provisions have been kept to a minimum.Orientation and siting on the property, was an important consideration.

The hotel is predominantly along a west-east axis, allowing for bedrooms to have north-south orientations. The public areas are all located on, and open out to, the northern aspect side of the hotel ground floor. A sky bar and pool deck is to be located at roof level, whilst the first floor contains a hotel gym and the sixth floor is to be dedicated as an ‘Executive Floor’ with dedicated Executive Lounge, and Diplomatic and Presidential Suites on this level.Client, Project Manager, Principal Agent: Akani PropertiesArchitect: Bentel Associates InternationalQuantity Surveyor: Brian Heineberg & AssociatesStructural Engineer: V&H ConsultingCivil Engineer: DG ConsultingMechanical Engineer: Graeme Page Consulting En