This is part of a wider eco development around a series of lakes located in a 165-acre woodland site. Fifty eco lodges, currently under construction, will float amongst reed beds at the side of the western lake and, when completed, the hotel and spa will serve lodge residents as well as their own guests.
The approach to the hotel is conceived as a sequence of landscape elements creating a grand approach through tree-lined vistas. These vistas will incorporate wayfinding sustainable drainage features signalling the transition from daily life to eco-luxury retreat.
A three-storey reception atrium is the heart of the hotel, linking the upper guestroom levels with the movement of visitors around and between reception, bar and dining, spa areas and the lakes themselves.
Tall pod features with wooden slatted louvres will screen the amenity stair and the touch down work areas of the business lounges, whilst galleried bridges and lift lobbies will overlook both the activity below and the longer views across the lakes. The curved dining room has its own terrace and overlooks the lake.
The sinuous building form wraps around the lake like waves on water and is divided into facetted bedroom and balcony units whilst being screened by a series of horizontal stone-coloured external shading and balustrade louvres.
“We have created a piece of living sculpture that flows around the edge of the lake,” says Richard Coutts, director of Baca Architects. “Together with the floating lodges, the whole complex will be the first of its kind in the UK and a centrepiece in the growing attraction of South Yorkshire and the North.”