The Marjan Hotel renovation project was presented to the public in the great hall of the Meštrović Gallery in Split today. The project was presented to reporters by Tomislav Popović, President of the Management Board of Maistra, Silvio Novak and Zorislav Petrić of the 3LHD architecture studio, and Armando Vičić, President of the Management Board of Adris grupa company Abilia.
Speaking about Adris’s investments in tourism so far, Popović noted that Adris grupa was one of the leading investors in Croatia’s tourism. In line with its vision for the development of luxury tourism and investment in the top category facilities, Adris has invested nearly EUR 1 billion so far, and by 2025 it is planning to invest an additional EUR 480 in this segment of its operations. As Popović says, this will help Maistra become the largest national tourist company in the luxury segment positioned in the growing and internationally recognisable destinations – Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Zagreb, and with the reconstruction of the Marjan Hotel, in Split as well. In addition to the renovation of Zagreb's Panorama and Westin hotels, the investment in the renovation of the Marjan Hotel, worth more than EUR 100m, will be one of the largest single investments in Croatia’s tourism, Popović said, adding that “we will do our best, in collaboration with all the stakeholders, and with the support and patience of local residents, to give Split the hotel this city deserves."
Silvije Novak and Zorislav Petrić of Studio 3LHD explained what the Marjan Hotel would look like once renovated, what urban settings were being applied and what amenities it would be offering. Presenting the visualisation of the architectural design, Novak pointed out that the “concept for the full renovation of the Marjan Hotel retains all the urban design settings of the original project by Lovre Perković. It consists of a horizontal base with three floors and two atriums, which are surrounded by the hotel's public spaces and the vertical, keeping the functions defined by the original project. The project is designed through several points, with the ultimate goal of maximising the integration of the building into the city’s skyline – establishing a pedestrian link to the neighbouring lots, opening up the atrium in order to bring light to the ground floor, providing an optimal view of the tower, adding attractive features to the roof; activating the ground floor and connecting it to the urban tissue of the West Coast. The entire renovation will be done within the dimensions of the existing structure.“
Once completed, the Marjan will be a 5* hotel with 285 accommodation units. It will span a total of 15 floors: rising from the basement to the ground floor, which forms the base of the hotel together with two floors and the roof floor, to the vertical tower. The tower maintains its existing height and will feature accommodation units only. The garage with 285 parking spaces will be located in the basement. Public spaces continue all the way from the ground floor to the roof floor of the lower part of the structure. The facilities used to activate the hotel are two atriums on the ground floor, the larger one filled with Mediterranean plants and serving as a parlour, with two restaurants on the ground floor with a total of 650 seats and the hotel lobby gravitating to it. The renovation project also features a smaller atrium with access to the second part of the ground floor lobby and the congress hall. The hall will have a capacity of 500 seats and it will be dividable into three smaller areas. Other public amenities include an indoor wellness area, which will be located on the 1st and 2nd floor, sprawling across a total area of 1,700m². The wellness area will consist of a 140m² indoor swimming pool, a gym and a spa featuring saunas, relaxation areas and massage rooms.
The third floor, which also serves as the roof for the lower section, will feature an additional 1,700m² of the outdoor wellness area, with two open swimming pools, a sunbathing area and catering facilities. The roof of the lower section will also include a fine-dining restaurant with 100 seats, which will be accessible through the hotel, as well as through a separate entrance. It will have a roofed terrace overlooking Split.
The accommodation units will be located starting with the 1st floor and higher, and almost all of them will boast a view of the sea. Units located at ground level of the building will have contact with the outer space through terraces or balconies, with rooms and apartments in the tower serving as a contemporary interpretation of the original project, each of them transforming into a loggia when large sliding doors opened.
Zagreb-based Studio 3LHD has been trusted with the architecture project for the Marjan Hotel, with interior design put into the hands of the Milan-based Lissoni Architettura, Adris’s partners in the construction of the Grand Park Hotel in Rovinj.