ME London Hotel by Foster + Partners:
The venture is the 1st flagship hotel in which every little thing, from the shell of the creating to the bathroom fittings, has been made by Foster + Partners – the consequence is an sophisticated fusion of interior and exterior design and style that signals a new modern method for 4 London’s boutique hotels. Interestingly it is Foster + Partners’ 1st United kingdom hotel.
The style seamlessly integrates the development of a new 157-bed hotel with the restoration of the adjacent 1904 Marconi House, whose interior has been fully restructured to accommodate 87 apartments. In the 1970s, the building’s façade underwent significant alteration – the task concerned reinstating the mansard roof in organic slate tiles, recreating the unique dormer windows and restoring the masonry making use of cautiously matched Portland stone.
The new hotel developing corresponds in height, scale and supplies to its neighbour. Its minimal detailing, simple, triangular oriel windows and Portland stone facade give a sense of cohesion, and the setback of the hotel’s upper degree terraces follows the mansard roof of Marconi Property.
An elliptical tower on the corner of the hotel defines the endpoint for the Aldwych Crescent and marks the main entrance at street level, which is sheltered beneath a broad glass canopy. The corner tower is topped by a glass cupola – a modern reinterpretation of the Edwardian-type domed roof of A single Aldywch opposite – that houses the living area for the ME penthouse suite, with its 360-degree panorama of the city.
Projecting from the façade, the hotel’s triangular bays reveal lengthy views of the Strand, even though keeping related proportions to the windows of Marconi Residence – their shape also hints at the geometry of the hotel’s centrepiece core. The glazing utilises pioneering technological innovation to create an invisible joint, even though guaranteeing acoustic and thermal insulation.
The arrangement of functions establishes a natural hierarchy of privacy, which extends from the public spaces at street level to the guest terraces and roof backyard at the very top of the developing. Arriving visitors pass through the ground floor Marconi lounge, and ascend to the focused hotel lobby and champagne bar, the Atrium, on the very first floor.
The interior idea of the hotel fuses modern detailing with classical traditions, its dramatic monochrome palette a combination of wealthy textures and luxurious normal components. The encounter draws on the thought of yin and yang, as guests move from dark to light spaces – the crisp white bedrooms are reached by reflective black marble corridors, sculpted by the angled walls of the central pyramid.”
Photographs courtesy of ME London