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Posted on 20 October 2020
The 23 additional rooms are housed in a new extension, constructed over three floors in collaboration with architects ICA, RK Joinery and a team of local workers.
Similar to the existing 11 bedrooms, these rooms offer mesmerising views, looking out across the bay and to the Cuillins mountain range. However, unlike the classical Georgian architecture of the hotel, the extension has a contemporary appearance and has been built using a limited palette of natural materials, including Larch Cladding, slate, corrugated metal and natural stone, all with intricate detailing. These materials are inherent to the rural environment and atmosphere of Skye and compliment the aesthetic of the existing building.
A hotel with historical significance, Marmalade beautifully mixes tradition with contemporary - the extension is clad in dark, contrasting materials and sitting lower in the landscape, visually complements the historic white house that is Marmalade. Each room with wall to wall curtains, large screen TV’s, Bose sound systems, local handcrafted throws by Skye Weavers, superfast fibre wifi, luxury toiletries by The Highland Soap Company.
General Manager, Graham Kelly, said: "Marmalade already holds a great reputation, locally and further afield as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Scottish highlands. This expansion will only further cement its fantastic position and we are thrilled to be offering more to our guests, particularly as so many have returned year on year. We are excited for the next chapter!’’
It is surely an endorsement of successful design and testament to solid client relationships when the designer is asked to return to a former project to devise its sequel. When the original project was the refurbishment of a grand Georgian villa and its sublime setting the Isle of Skye, this only adds to the joy that is enkindled by such an undertaking.
So it was that ICA were invited to return to the Marmalade Hotel in the Isle of Skye to design an extension wing that houses an additional 23 guestrooms; each with an aspect providing spectacular views out across the bay to the rugged beauty of the Cuillin mountain range.
ICA Associate, Douglas Young, commented:
“This has been an important project for us; it has been a challenging brief to satisfy in an area of outstanding beauty. The scale of the building and its close affinity with the landscape is demonstrative of our creative ingenuity and has given us the opportunity to deliver again for a client we have enjoyed working with in the past.”
Perched on a plinth of blonde stone and clad in black larch, the extension is assuredly contemporary in an understated manner that is appropriate in its relationship to both the existing villa and its breath-taking landscape. Douglas explains this sympathetic approach and the notion of a deferential posture:
“The building is located subserviently to the existing building to retain the stature and setting of the Georgian structure—the extension runs off at an angle, set back to frame the historic building and to maximise the views.”
Whilst the original Georgian villa retains its prominence, with its full harled render and stone pilaster frontage, gables and existing courtyard spaces left untouched, it is offset by the striking design of its extension. Projecting frames and fixed shutters punctuate the rhythm of the black-timbered verticals, which take their place amongst the canopies of the surrounding treescape.
Meanwhile, the serenity of the interiors of the guestrooms acts as a counterpoint to the rugged beauty of the Isle of Skye. ICA’s Lead Interior Designer for the project, Lorraine Sansom said:
“The guestrooms have a pared-down, contemporary feel with a nod to the traditional aspects of the heritage of the original building. Each guestroom has a full height window, which provides fantastic views from the elevated vantage that the hilltop hotel enjoys over Loch Portree and the Sound of Raasay. The extension offers a generous amount of accommodation whilst retaining an authentic boutique hotel atmosphere.”
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Article by HNS
Posted on 20 October 2020