The Scots Hotel
Positioned in the town center of Tiberias, the Scots complex extends over a 16 dunam plot, from the shores of the
The new hotel was planned as an urban campus comprised of three refurbished 19th century buildings and a new five-floor 50-room building. A peripheral road for cars and pedestrian pathways organize movement within the campus and to its surrounding urban streets. The new building is connected to the three reconstructed ones by a central courtyard and a paved path. The hospital building now houses all the public facilities - the kitchen, dining room, seating areas, while two of the historic buildings were renewed to house 19 guest rooms each.
The measure of stability of the historical buildings determined their preservation process. Different areas required reinforcement or completion, and in some areas openings were made to provide easier access and windows to the view. Thus, the project exhibits a repertoire of conservation concepts gradually integrating the conserved buildings with the new structures.
The historical architecture has
been generally well exploited for its new purpose. There will always be room
for debate on the stylistic emphasis of a building with such a mixed heritage.
Accent notes provide a stylistic reminder of the Scots influence upon the
turn-of-century European Art Nouveau style. The famous chairs designed by
Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1897 are here, as are
contemporary pieces imported from
In the modification of the old residences bedrooms the original stone walls were exposed, creating some rather unique hotel rooms. The ceilings in the public spaces were revealed and refurbished, acoustic panels were added to obscure some of the infrastructure, though the air-conditioning system was left unconcealed. Although less constrained than the relatively moderate architectural style of the exteriors, the interior walls in the public spaces were plastered in colorful stucco reminiscent of the Mediterranean Fresco.
The windows and doors are steel
framed and classically partitioned. The ambience of the original architectural
style is sustained by the antique furniture - some original, other pieces refurbished
or imported from
A new bridge links the campus with the lake-side and the swimming pool east of the complex. An additional eight-floor building and a church intended also for concerts are planned for the second phase of expansion. The church will open onto Dona Garcia - the only remaining historical road in Tiberias.
Architects: Ishai-Wilson Architecture,
Edna Ishai, Alan Wilson
Landscape Architect: Berman-Margolin, Ishai-Wilson Architecture.