Occupying an existing building which was previously a departmental store, Hotel Dua is the latest addition to the hospitality scene in Kaohsiung. Determine to break away from the pervasive banality of hotel look that appeared identical be it in Kolkata or Kremlin, Hotel Dua is conceptualized with regional context in mind. Conceived originally as an office tower but later changed to departmental store used in the midst of construction 15 years ago, the building was subsequently used as offices and later a gymnasium. As such, the designer was also given the task to alter the façade of the building, diverting away from the typical office building block look with the bands of perimeter window and composite panel curtain wall. Vertical louvers of aluminum sections with 3M adhesive films was adopted to provide a unity and calm look for the façade.
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