Aytoun Street

Holiday Inn

Aytoun Street

Year 2016

Achieving iconic status in Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Originally the site of the former Employment Exchange on the edge of the Northern Quarter and a two-minute walk from Piccadilly Station, the building was designed to maximise its location next to the Rochdale Canal and to ensure the building would achieve iconic landmark status. A classically restrained limestone façade suggests order and complements the scale of adjacent buildings, while bringing a deliberate reinvigoration and brightness to the streetscape.

High level articulation is created with peripteral that gives the building a signature roof, while

specialist lighting accentuates the solid vs void. The building form is divided in order to maintain rights to light, while creating a central courtyard area that permits light into the heart of the building.

The building creates a new and strong connection to the Rochdale canal from a road level entrance, with new open terraces, which in turn encourage pedestrian footfall to reconnect the building and street to its surroundings.

There is a focus on how the materials meet at surfaces and corners, and how they are actually installed to provide a high-quality façade. Vertical strip windows are surrounded with a projecting cassette that add subtle detail and relief.

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