As an expression of new movement, APTO’s design for the Courtyard hotel in Chester stands out in its surroundings. The new hotel, located at a prominent location next to Chester train station and City Place, is surrounded by movement and will be one of the highest buildings in Chester. The dynamics of the area is reflected in the building’s volume and façade. The sharp corner towards the train station makes the volume even more impressive when you approach the hotel. The building’s volume is pushed up on the ground floor at the railway side to create an open plinth and connect interior with exterior to blend in with Chester’s public life. The dynamic façade breaks up the large volume into layers which seem to be affected by the movement around the site. The rhythmic pattern with its reflection and red tones makes the building represent future Chester.