THE MARKER HOTEL
Situated on Dublin’s waterfront, The Marker Hotel evokes the language of the rugged Irish coastline to deliver an architectural vision which is innovative and contemporary, but grounded in a local identity.
Conceived as a single coastal form eroded over time, the ground floor of the hotel strikes a dynamic cave-like atmosphere, containing a series of public spaces. Above, a cantilevered block of bedrooms is imagined as a honeycomb of openings, in dialogue with the cave to create unique internal shapes and designs.
Grand Canal Square
35,000 sq ft
To achieve the feeling of a continuous carved-out cave along the ground floor, civil engineers Arup devised the most complex cantilevered bridge structure ever built in Ireland, measuring 67 metres in length with no intermediate supports. The bridge structure creates the largest open hotel lobby in Dublin, encased in a
fully-glazed 6-meter-high façade.
Following the phenomenal success of the original scheme’s roof bar and terrace area, MDO have since designed a redevelopment of the area as a new 7th floor, adding 30 bedrooms to the existing 179, while the rooftop bar has evolved into a new entertainment area at roof level.
Manifesting as a glazed pavilion with capacity for 200 people, the entertainment area offers a bar and food facility, and a deck area containing open and covered seating areas.