Chapman Taylor is designing a new 4-Star conference hotel in the Croatian capital Zagreb, the first hotel in Croatia for Accor Hotels’ Novotel brand. Zagreb East Gate Hotel will be located in the Resnik district of eastern Zagreb, only 15 minutes from the city centre. It will welcome guests of all types but is primarily targeted at the business traveller – a market for which Zagreb requires much more capacity. The facility will consist of a multifunctional ground floor building and a smaller tower, which will house hotel rooms. In the middle of the ground floor, a central green area, a kind of piazza will be located where guests can mingle, have business meetings or relax.
The hotel will include a multifunctional podium building and a low-rise tower building holding the hotel rooms. A central landscaped space will be carved from the podium space to provide a place for informal meetings, relaxation and rest. The biophilic interior design scheme makes use of natural materials and colours to enhance the sense of calm. The striking façade design will be characterised by decorative horizontal lines which round off at the corners, visually “embracing” the building, creating a landmark gateway building for the eastern approach to the city.