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Sleeperz is a privately owned hotel chain, they currently have a presence in both Cardiff and Newcastle, in Edinburgh they have Cityroomz. Their first hotel in Scotland, in Dundee is part of the Sleeperz brand. A new build 120 bed design-led hotel, Sleeperz Dundee is part of the new redeveloped Dundee Railway Station. With exceptional views of the new Dundee V&A museum and the River Tay, the client’s brief was to provide a modern, fresh and exciting interior that would appeal to the professional and discernable visitor travelling on a budget.
Aware of its proximity to the new V&A Museum, Sleeperz were keen to show their own design credentials and provide a modern, vibrant interior whilst retaining a high degree of comfort for its visitors.
They were also keen to capitalise on the rich heritage of Dundee. From it’s famous ‘jute, jam and journalism’ history we incorporated various elements into the design as a reminder of the things that remind people of Dundee and it's heritage. Including jute ropes into the various screen elements within the public spaces was a nod to both the shipbuilding/whaling era and the jute industry. Within the graphic wall in one of the lounges, there are additional items, drawing on the connections to Dundee including Grand Theft Auto, Lemmings, Frankenstein and Oor Wullie.
The ethos behind the Sleeperz brand is that their hotels can usually be found in close proximity to railway stations, hence the play on the word sleepers. Again, an abstract graphic of railway lines was applied to the feature walls of the bedrooms using the brand colours which can be seen throughout the interior.
The architecture of the structure featured a very prominent glass enclosed stairwell, providing access to all floors of the hotel. Working with glass designers from Spain, a full height glass and wire light pendant was designed and installed, spanning all 5 floors, creating a stunning lighting feature.