Edinburgh’s ‘ribbon hotel’ design approved despite concerns it is ‘too shiny’
Designs for Edinburgh's controversial 'ribbon hotel' approved amid concerns its bizarre facade is 'too shiny' and may 'damage' the city skyline
- 12-storey hotel with stainless steel coating has been given the green light
- W and Four Seasons are reportedly interested in moving into the building
- According to initial renderings, the 210-room property will be done by 2020Ã?Â
18:00, 14 August 2015
20:05, 14 August 2015
A futuristic 12-storey structure has been given the green light in Scotland, though some fear that it may harm Edinburgh's World Heritage status.
Nicknamed the 'ribbon hotel' because of its swirling, stainless steel coating, construction is expected to be completed by 2020.
And it's believed that world-famous luxury hotel chains such as the W and Four Seasons are interested in setting up shop in the one-of-a-kind unit.
A futuristic 12-storey structure, complete with ribbon-like exterior, has been given the green light in EdinburghÃ?Â
According to initial renderings, the hotel is set to feature 210 rooms and a rooftop terrace with views of the city.
It will also be at the heart of a massive Ã?Â£850m redevelopment project in the city's St. James area, where luxury apartments and shops are also expected to be built.
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The chief concern among many residents however is the unique structure's bronze-coloured, ribbon-like exterior Ã¢Â?Â? with some believing it could be 'too shiny and reflective', the Telegraph reported.
And though the hotel has been given the green light, a decision on what the swirl will be made out of has not yet been reached.
Some city councillors are angered by the proposal, worrying that the structure will compromise the city's World Heritage status
According to initial renderings, the hotel is set to feature 210 rooms and a rooftop terrace with views of the city
City councillors are especially unhappy with the hotel's proximity to World Heritage listed buildings within the city and worry that it will block key views.
However, John Donnelly, chief executive of Marketing Edinburgh told The Scotsman that it was an 'exciting time for the city.'
'Edinburgh is in desperate need of more large five-star hotels to attract not only leisure visitors but the leading global international associations for their conferences and events, which generate millions for the local economy,' he added.Ã?Â
- Edinburgh's 'ribbon hotel' given green light – Telegraph
- Controversial Ã¢Â?Â?ribbon hotelÃ¢Â?Â? approved in Edinburgh – The Scotsman
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