Dexter Moren Associates have been selected to design a new landmark hotel in Cape Town, to be built on the site of the closed-down Tulip Hotel and Conference Centre.
Famed for being the ‘worst’ hotel in Cape Town, the Tulip Hotel and Conference Centre was demolished in a controlled blast at 8am on Sunday 1st March 2015. Located in the city’s Central Business District the hotel was imploded to make way for a new development designed by Dexter Moren Associates who were selected by site owners Green Willow Properties following a design competition in 2014.
The new hotel will comprise of 500-rooms, 300 of which will be 3-star and 200 of which will be 4-star, as well as parking, retail, bars, restaurants and meeting facilities with a feature rooftop pool and lounge providing panoramic views across Table Mountain and the Bay. The new design is also sensitive to the Tothill building, a historic 1873 building included on the site which will be retained and renovated into retail space.
Speaking of the development Dexter Moren said, “The site is a prime location in the city bowl with interesting heritage challenges. Our design, which has been approved by the city, specifically responds to the streetscape of the heritage-rich location.”
A spokesperson for Green Willow Properties also added, “We have owned the site for over 11 years and are developing a large dual-branded hotel comprising over 500 beds, extensive conference space and over 300 on-site parking spaces. This will radically change the City landscape and create well over two hundred permanent new jobs. We are currently in advance stages of talks with a major international hotel operator who will manage the hotels.”