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  • ASIMA Architects Sdn Bhd

ibis Styles Hotel

Architecture Firm: ASIMA ARCHITECTS


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Firm Location: Lot 18-ACD, Level 5, Menara Pandan B, Persiaran MPAJ, Jalan Pandan Utama, Pandan Indah, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia


Completion Year: March 2018

Gross Built Area: 920m2

Project location: Inanam, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah -


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Photo credits: John Kong

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Project Description

The Ibis Styles Hotel is located at an industrial area, en-route to Mount Kinabalu. The design of the hotel aims to provide a setting for the interaction between locals and tourists, set in this semi-industrial urban context. The 13-storeys of 165-room hotel houses a double-volume lobby, restaurant, bar lounge, meeting rooms and roof bar terrace. The main entry into the building is through an entrance canopy passage. It leads into the double-volume lobby and reception area, to create a sense of spaciousness and grandeur.

The use of raw building materials, alludes to the industrial setting and amplifies the sense of materiality that engages the user’s visual senses. Concrete is intentionally left unfinished, revealing the joint lines which eventually forms the design. While the glass is positioned strategically, allowing transparency and permeability to the building, especially natural light, with the heat gain mitigated through heat recovery from the mechanical ventilation system. 2 types of bricks are used to accentuate different parts of the building. Double-layered bricks on the exterior allows for playful ways to animate the façade, while at the same time creates cavities for services and to regulate internal room temperature for the guest rooms.

Moving between spaces, the spatial quantities are highlighted through interplay of materials, lighting and opacity. The ambiguity of solidity and transparency and the contrast of light and shadows are unraveled as one passes through the internal spaces, resulting in an integration of landscape with the architecture, and blurring the boundary between inside and out.

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