Situated a mere 13 kilometres from OR Tambo International Airport, and a stones throw away from the Kempton Park Central Business District, the Radisson Hotel and Convention Precinct in Bredell has become a highly recognised conferencing destination in the Ekurhuleni Metropole and Gauteng alike. The brainchild of visionary developer, Zamani Letjane, is the new 248-key 4-star hotel which is the latest addition to the existing conferencing precinct and has now firmly established itself as a premium contender in the South African hotel conferencing arena.
The original brief was to provide a hybrid mid-market to high-end hotel offering within the precinct to support the existing conference centre. The design intent took certain aesthetic cues from the existing conference centre with respect to colour and materiality. Due to the 7-storey 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 visually reducing the perceived height of the building.
The first experience of the hotel is via a ‘grand’ glazed porte cochère, which is the essential guest approach into the large hotel lobby, containing reception desks, lifts to the tower, 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, which contained a major signage opportunity for the hotel. The ground floor was designed as a public area ‘street’, opening out to the hotel gardens and pool terrace beyond.
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