Located in Cheltenham, United Kingdom, The Montpellier Chapter was designed by Make. Make has revived the hotel by unifying the various disparate elements of the existing structure, simplifying circulation and creating a balance between the original features and modern additions. A new extension – the Crescent – completes the building by connecting the existing wings to the rear, thereby creating a new social courtyard space at the centre. The simple, elegant form of this elevation ensures that the modern architecture does not overpower the existing historic building.
The graceful curve of the Crescent is articulated through a fan of full-height Bath stone ashlar walls and vertical windows. The roof of this extension has been planted with wild flowers and sedum to increase the biodiversity of the site as part of a sustainable urban drainage strategy, whilst a solar array provides hot water for the kitchens. The courtyard is enclosed by a veil of coloured facetted glass that seamlessly links the original villa to the new Crescent space, unifying the building.