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HKR Replace Denton Corker Marshall In Manc

Denton Corker Marshall's planned tower for Whitworth Street West in the heart of Manchester looks like it will be dropped in favour of a much smaller hotel building with more in common to the proposed Axis development than the previous proposals for the site.

It's located in the centre of Manchester with Cameron Street bounding it to the immediate west and a railway line running past it to the south. Making it ideally placed, Manchesters G-Mex exhibition and conference centre is barely 150 metres to the north.

The plans by HKR Architects feature an 18 storey, 65.53 metre tall hotel for the Pillo Hotel Group which will have a restaurant and bar on the ground and first floors with conference and meeting rooms on the second. The subsequent fifteen floors will be given over exclusively to hotel accommodation.

It's a design that's recognisable as coming from the pens of HKR with the fašade articulated in a similar manner to some of their other designs. Adding a little interest this time to what would otherwise be a rectangular and regularly clad block is a slight slope on the roofline, and windows to the hotel run in vertical strips that are designed to have "crease lines" between them running along the length of the building.

Basically what the architect has attempted to do is have a zig-zagging geometric pattern run down the north fašade of the tower with horizontal joints employed to try and make the angle of the cladding appear as it if it has been creased in and out at similar angles, and reverse angles, to the roof.

It may not be the most exciting design ever, but HKR have come up with something that's quite complimentary with regards to their already approved Axis to the north, and when combined the two of them should give a cohesive feel to the area.

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