The Europe Hotel & Resort, Fossa
Resort, Spa / Ireland / HBA London / Completed in 2008
The Europe's resort hotel and spa exudes contemporary, natural luxury as it overlooks Killarney's majestic Loch Lein. The renovation, begun in November 2006, covered all of the resort's public areas including the Crystal Bar, Brasserie, spa and cafe, suites and guestrooms. The late-1960s-style, mid-century modern building contained especially spacious rooms that allowed panoramic views of Loch Lein. HBA suggested removal of some facade and augmented it with clear glazing to accentuate the views. Contrasting the large areas, the hotel contains several intimate spaces, such as a library and a champagne bar, which made the project much more residential and a trend in boutique hotel design.