Creative Spark

13th June 2017 | The Montcalm Royal London House

Creative Spark No. 1

Four Seasons Trinity Square

by Suzette Vela Burkett | Aukett Swanke

About the Hotel

10 Trinity Square involves the conversion of the historic Beaux-Arts Grade II* listed former Port of London Authority building in the City of London, designed by Sir Edwin Cooper in 1922, into a Four Seasons hotel and apartments. Apartments have been constructed above the hotel for private sale and a new elegant glazed rotunda in the courtyard references the original rotunda damaged during the Second World War. Following an ‘East meets West’ theme, the redevelopment references the history of the building as a centre for international trade and dialogue.

This complex redevelopment is the product of a careful collaboration with an international client, consultant and design team. As lead architect and executive interior designer, we have worked closely with the contractor, including a team of craftsmen and artisans, to carefully repurpose the existing spaces in the building, inserting new elements, textures and materials to create a thoroughly contemporary blend of history and hospitality.

A new basement, excavated under the existing building provides additional structural and archaeological challenges while the co-ordination of services through the new elements and existing historic fabric is essential to the success of the scheme. The finished hotel has 100 guest rooms and 41 apartments, two restaurants, including La Dame de Pic London, and the Rotunda bar; the UN Ballroom, a second function room called Merchants hall and a suite of club and meeting rooms on the second floor.

Creative Spark No. 2

The Curtain

by Zoë Tallon | Dexter Moren Associates

About the Hotel

The 9 storey, 120 room Curtain Hotel and Members Club is the newest addition to hotelier Michael Achenbaum’s famous New York – based Gansvoort collection of exclusive hotels.

Based in Shoreditch, London, the hotel will be the first of its kind to open in the UK. Achenbaum wanted “to be in an area that was developing and dramatic” and to appeal to “forward-thinking technology and media creatives”.

Due to open Summer 2017, The Curtain will feature a state-of-the-art gym, luxury spa, nightclub, music venue, screening room, ballroom, restaurant & bar and the jewel in the crown – a 1,600sqft rooftop area with swimming pool and bar offering stunning views across the London Skyline.

The main entrance at the corner of Curtain Road and Christina Street, which can be viewed from the street, is a dramatic double volume space filled with natural light from the gorgeous full height windows. It will create a bright and impressive sense of arrival to the hotel.

To add to the coolness factor, street artist Banksy’s agent Steve Lazarides and rock n’ roll photographer Mick Rock are curating the art.

DMA are the architects behind the new build hotel, with an American design team doing the interiors.

Creative Spark No. 3

Royal Lancaster Hotel

by David Morris | Studio Proof London

About the Hotel

The £80+ million refurbishment of Lancaster London by Studio Proof will include a dramatic new entrance façade and reception lobby, new restaurants, bars and lounges and the redesign of all 411 guestrooms and suites within the 18-storey tower. To the front façade, the rotunda canopy has been replaced by a curving glass and bronze canopy wing which has moved the building line forward, enabling a complete remodelling inside and helping to achieve a 60% increase in public areas on this level.

Inside, re-planning will create a series of connected spaces: the food & beverage lounge, reception lounge and ‘Living’ lounge, each with custom-designed furniture and fittings and collections of intriguing objet d’art. Taking their cue from the building itself, which is marking its 50th anniversary this year, the designers are finding inspiration in mid-twentieth century design and are translating this into a thoroughly modern hotel – an approach that chimes with the hotel’s vision of “creating the future with the treasures of our past”.

In the guestrooms, modernity, quality of finishes and technology will be comfortably combined. The design celebrates the premium views over the park and city, optimises a sense of space and offers many luxurious details including tactile fabrics, beautiful bronze and glass elements and bespoke light fittings.

On completion this autumn, the hotel will re-brand as the Royal Lancaster London.