ReardonSmith Architects was commissioned to renovate and reconfigure 11 Cadogan Gardens, the discreet boutique hotel adjacent to London’s Sloane Square. This major renovation was the first significant intervention since the original townhouses had been converted into a hotel. Extensive upgrades and a new services and MEP strategy have been implemented.
Primarily a guestroom-led project, the aim was to rationalise spatial distribution to maximise previously underused areas and extract the greatest value from the building footprint for the client. The key count has been condensed from 62 to 56, including eight new suites amongst the 25 total. Public areas have been refurbished with traditional touches of quirky English eccentricity, whilst back of house accommodation has been reconfigured and upgraded. ReardonSmith managed the implementation of the interior concepts to preserve the design vision whilst ensuring high calibre results for the client.
ReardonSmith is contributing to one of the most prestigious hotel projects in Europe, acting for Qatari Diar, the owners of 30 Grosvenor Square which is currently the American Embassy in London, to help facilitate the conversion of the building into a world-class luxury hotel. Working in collaboration with Lead Architect, David Chipperfield Architects, we are providing a range of expert advice and will, eventually, take on the role of Executive Architect to oversee the successful implementation of the project on-site.
The current plan is to create a 137-guestroom hotel with a number of restaurants & bars, a luxury spa, a ballroom and retail. The significant architectural characteristics of the building, completed in 1960, will be retained and enhanced and the removal of the existing security barriers will provide an opportunity to achieve a vibrant and dramatically transformed public realm in this imposing Mayfair square.
ReardonSmith is Lead Architect for the multi-million euro redevelopment of Adare Manor, the largest hospitality project in Ireland. Work on site is well underway at Ireland’s best loved golf resort and the haunt over the years of celebrities and statesmen, to create what has been billed as the ‘Augusta of Europe’. The scheme, developed by ReardonSmith Architects and ReardonSmith Landscape in collaboration with local architect, Michael Healy, and interior design practice, Richmond International, represents the first major works on the estate for over 25 years. They encompass a new guestroom wing and world-class spa as well as the restoration of heritage parts, the transformation of the golf clubhouse and significant enhancements to the 840 acres of gardens and parkland.
The ReardonSmith teams have created a sensitive and environmentally responsive plan in which buildings and landscape work together to achieve an exceptional guest experience. Existing and new buildings will become a sequence of interconnecting spaces beginning with a new entrance courtyard and ballroom with capacity for 350 people. This will open onto formal gardens which, in turn, will segue into the parklands. The extension has been designed as a harmonious addition to the 19th Century neo-gothic manor house, integrating with the heritage context and framing the vistas beyond. The five-storey wing will provide some 40 additional luxury guestrooms, new public areas and a new main kitchen. There will also be a new swimming pool and conference spaces as well as expanded restaurant and bar provision. Internal layouts of the existing buildings are being partially re-configured and re-designed to achieve greatly enhanced levels of comfort and sense of luxury while external stonework and windows will be renovated.
ReardonSmith led the team in the £85 million re-building of The Cumberland Hotel, probably the most innovative and design-led refurbishment ever undertaken at a major London hotel. The Cumberland was transformed into a hi-tech conference and meeting venue with a total of 1000 bedrooms, together with signature restaurants, a destination bar, food courts and one of the most dramatic hotel lobbies in the Capital.
By introducing a new wall along the inside length of the existing front façade and opening up the existing exterior wall, space was created for an impressive colonnade carved out of the original stone and topped by a magnificent cantilevered glass canopy. Inside, ReardonSmith opened up two basement levels making way for nearly 1,200 sq metres of meeting rooms and totally re-planned the Hotel's 4,000 sq metre ground floor to create a space in which architectural forms are key. On completion, the Hotel became the first of the Guoman brand of 5 star hotels.
The official opening of the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St Petersburg in November 2013 not only marked the Russian debut of one of the world’s most prestigious hotel brands, it also unveiled a restored national treasure. For ReardonSmith, it was the conclusion of a three-year project as the interior architect, looking after the owner’s interest, safeguarding the interior design intent and championing Four Seasons’ exemplary standards.
The hotel was created within the historic "Lions Palace" which was completed in 1817 and was briefly a royal residence before becoming the home of the Ministry of War until 1917. It was then put to use in various ways, resulting in reconstructions that lost or damaged the glorious original interiors. In 2002, the decision was taken to restore the property and prepare it as a premier hotel.
When ReardonSmith came on board, the interiors had been stripped back to their stone and concrete shell. The next task was to bring the site up to a workable standard; documentation also needed to be amended for acceptance by local contractors and craftsmen and some elements required fine-tuning to fit within the new infrastructure. Two of the three open-air courtyards were enclosed to create expansive ground floor public areas, and while the glass and steel structures are clearly modern in design, the geometry reflects the "winter garden" enclosures popular at the time the palace was built.
The seamless integration of technology and the services infrastructure was also a key element of the project. In addition to the grand ballroom, there are state-of-the-art meeting and conference spaces, fine-dining restaurants, a four-storey fitness centre culminating in a spa at top level and 177 guestrooms including 26 suites. Where they remained, the heritage elements were painstakingly restored, while new detailing in the public areas was skilfully crafted to be in keeping with original features.
A ReardonSmith team was retained on-site to coordinate and manage the design implementation, while all principle drawing and documentation production was carried out by the London office.
ReardonSmith were the lead architects with responsibility for architectural planning and design, interior design detailing and on-site design compliance in the multi-million pound rebuilding of the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. The objective was to increase the asset value of the building and achieve a hotel that enshrined the exceptional brand values of Four Seasons in every detail. It was the first time that the building had been entirely stripped back to its structure - necessary to facilitate a major upgrading of all the services and also enabling the re-planning of virtually every part of the hotel.
The project also included a two-storey glazed extension, newly modelled garden suites with conservatories, a new lift core and new kitchens. The interior design concepts for front-of-house areas were by Pierre-Yves Rochon with the exception of a 10th floor rooftop extension which was designed by Eric Parry Architects.
The rebuilt hotel, with its newly defined architectural form, precisely and densely planned spaces and chic interiors, now offers a far greater sense of belonging to its location. At ground level, the area has been opened up to allow glimpses through the space to the newly landscaped garden beyond, and, while the area works as one, it has also been planned to provide areas of intimacy and to offer a range of experiences. The eight guestroom floors have been re-configured to more than double the number of suites, many of which now enjoy magnificent views, large outdoor terraces and working fireplaces.
The Four Seasons Baku opened at the end of 2012. It references the French Beaux-Arts style of the late 19th Century – as directed by the owner - and is an exuberant building of classical proportions appropriate to its location near the president’s office. At the same time, it is a building designed from the inside out to ensure that the hotel’s operating performance and guest experience match its visual promise.
Situated on a prominent but constrained site, the key to unlocking the plan was the location of the main entrance on the sea-facing elevation, together with the creation of a colonnade the length of the façade through which limousines could pass to reach the underground parking entrance. The efficient yet imposing design at ground level was, in turn, a significant influence on the total scale of the building; it also achieved the all-important ceremony of arrival. Classically detailed bronze door and window frames as well as iron railings and balustrading to the guestroom balconies embody the decorative charm of the Beaux-Arts movement.
The ground floor is designed on a primary and a secondary axis, with the result that guests arriving in the entrance lobby in the centre of the building can see at a glance the key public areas to each side. A feature staircase takes guests to the first floor which is entirely dedicated to banqueting. There are a total of 175 guestrooms and suites, all very generously sized and, since the corridors are single loaded, each room offers a view of either Baku or the Caspian Sea. This plan resulted in a space in the centre of the seven guest floors within which there is a stunning “Roman basilica” soaring to a height of 12 metres under a vaulted ceiling and housing a large swimming pool.
ReardonSmith’s seven-year, multi-million pound rebuilding and refurbishment programme at Grosvenor House in Park Lane was completed in July 2008. The hotel had stayed open throughout, which, for ReardonSmith, acting as project leader and co-ordinator, presented significant planning and site management challenges that required rigorous phasing of all works to minimise disruption. In the course of the project, ReardonSmith administered seven contracts, worked with two different operators and provided over 60 architects, technicians and administrators.
The most striking architectural intervention was the upgrading of the main forecourt and entrance. Two substantial cantilevered and lit glass canopies were introduced, the combined weight of which was over 14 tonnes, rising over a newly ramped courtyard surfaced in Chinese granite. Inside, all 446 guestrooms and suites were refurbished and a further 48 rooms added, all designed to meet the luxury standards of a JW Marriott. Most of the public areas were refurbished and, in the final phase, Brasserie Bord’eaux was introduced, recreating a traditional French brasserie of the 1920s.
For ReardonSmith, though, the extensive works to front-of-house spaces were just one part of the picture. An extensive back-of-house programme brought the services infrastructure up to the highest level of efficiency and health and safety. This included the installation of 5,560 sprinkler heads, nearly 10,000 metres of new pipe-work and the installation of 280 tonnes of marble on the guestroom floors alone. New fire alarm systems were introduced and all 20 lifts upgraded.
Approached by an owner wishing to build a large five–star hotel in London's Green Belt, ReardonSmith designed a scheme intended as a world-first – a luxury hotel and spa that would be mainly underground. The location was Hersham Golf Club in Surrey, England with its gently undulating course. Just one level of public area was to be at grade, concealed by a living green roof that mimicked the surrounding terrain, merging it into the landscape. The balance of the hotel – 198 guestrooms together with the spa were placed below ground, constructed in three "rings" around 800m² gardens that would allow light to permeate their façade.
The ground–level public spaces framed the golf course and landscape to create an unparalleled and luxurious dining, hotel and golf club experience. The entire development was set back from local residential areas and positioned within an enclave of existing woodland to obscure it from the local residents' view. With a gross area of approximately 20,000m², ReardonSmith's hotel and golf club scheme returned open space to the greenbelt and represented substantially less built–up hard surface than the existing clubhouse and car parking, with the latter relocated to an underground garage.
A new access road, carefully woven into the terrain, was planned to better manage traffic flow, while extensive re–vegetation and improvements to public footpaths were designed to further enhance the locale. Combined heat and power generation, heat exchangers, ground source heat pumps, grey water recycling and rain water harvesting were incorporated into the plan to minimise the building's carbon footprint and significantly reduce resource demands in comparison to conventional five–star hotels.
The concept has sought to preserve the architectural inheritance and enhance it by adopting the dominant styling of the existing façade overlooking Rustaveli Avenue – the most prestigious boulevard in Tbilisi. The elegant mansard roof of this building has been used as reference in completing the building envelope and in introducing a tiered roof extension to the rear building. The new roof details, corner turrets and dormer windows will be recognisable within the architectural vernacular of this part of the city, serving to complete the building in a considered manner. A central axis to the ground floor has been defined with all public areas arranged off this. A series of classically inspired spaces lead into and surround the winter garden, generating a sense of balance and proportion which will continue into the interior design.
The plan has achieved 170 guestrooms, four F&B venues, over 8,000 sq feet of function space and a spa and fitness centre.
ReardonSmith completed the total refurbishment of the InterContinental London Park Lane in 2007 with the objective of making it the European flagship for IHG. The programme touched virtually every area, front and back of house. At ground level, total replanning and rebuilding achieved a flow of subtly zoned public spaces, while full height windows the length of the lobby lounge mean that hotel guests can now enjoy the constantly changing panorama of London outside.
By relocating the business centre, prime area was released for a new lounge bar which also utilises the additional space created by an extension to the front of the building. The old dining room was replaced by a modern destination restaurant headed by Michelin-starred chef, Theo Randall.
The extension enabled InterContinental to retain the existing number of keys while converting a percentage of bedrooms to suites. All guestrooms were completely redesigned with new bathrooms and services and, among the four ‘signature’ suites, a stunning duplex was introduced on the seventh and eighth floors.
ReardonSmith designed a new Intourist Hotel for Baku, a modern hotel which nevertheless faithfully replicates the exterior of Baku’s much loved old Intourist Hotel which was the city’s first luxury hotel when it opened in 1934, designed by the pre-eminent Russian architect, Alexey Shchusev.
We began by researching all historical information and drawings available and from there developed the building form. Like its predecessor, the new Intourist Hotel is located in the heart of historic Baku where boutiques, cafes, restaurants and clubs ensure a hip vibe, and the new hotel clearly belongs to this contemporary narrative. Behind its facades clad in a tinted render replicating the original, the new hotel is glamorous and intimate in ambience. There are 150 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar, a small spa and meeting rooms. The hotel is part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, an exclusive portfolio of individual hotels around the world.
Baku's new JW Marriott Absheron designed by ReardonSmith opened early in 2012. The hotel overlooks the monumental Freedom Square, as well as the waterfront boulevard edging the Caspian Sea, and in a city where new architectural schemes point to a futuristic transformation, the hotel makes a significant contribution as an iconic contemporary building.
Part of a mixed–use development that includes 16 floors of private residences, serviced apartments, retail and offices, the 20–storey hotel includes 243 keys, a 1,200 sq metre ballroom, restaurants and bars and Marriott's new guestroom concept.
A planning requirement was that the elevation facing Freedom Square should have an imposing symmetry. This was addressed by segregating the residences and serviced apartments in two balanced oval wings that frame the central hotel component.
At 24 metres below sea level, excavation was restricted to a single parking level necessitating the integration of plant and back–of–house into the ground floor, disguised by a stepped 20–metre high landscaped podium rising from the park at the edge of the square. This concept had the benefit of moving restaurant and bar areas to the first floor, providing uninterrupted views over new gardens and the square. The brand requirement for a multi–use Great Room was met by bringing together the ground floor reception areas with the first floor level bars and restaurants in one flowing multi–level section.
For several years, ReardonSmith led the team working to convert Monastero Santa Rosa, a 15th Century monastery perched high on a cliff top above the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy, into one of the world’s most discreetly luxurious resort hotels and spa. Our approach to the project was born out of the original brief that called for a seamless coming together of Santa Rosa’s powerful monastic inheritance with the finest of classical and contemporary features and facilities.
The planning process was complex. Monastero Santa Rosa is a National Historic Monument on a UNESCO protected site, and we had to work intensively with numerous Italian organisations to make an incontrovertible case for the development. Consent to convert the property into a 25 guestroom hotel was duly gained and we subsequently handed over to a local practice to complete the building works.
ReardonSmith Architects has been appointed to transform One Sloane Gardens, a 19th Century residential property within London’s Sloane Square Conservation Area, into a luxurious 30-bedroom hotel. The destination will include a fine dining restaurant housed in a rooftop extension, a ground-level coffee shop and, on the lower ground floor, a bar.
The team has designed a façade retention scheme as well as a mansard roof extension which will be accentuated by a copper cupola. In keeping with the existing architectural style, this new hotel will have the authenticity of an Edwardian hotel with the most contemporary infrastructure and servicing. Basement works will accommodate plant equipment, whilst a new sub-station has been planned to support the uplift in energy requirements.
Rendering courtesy of One Sloane Gardens
Following the success of the Four Seasons Hotel Baku and the JW Marriott Absheron Hotel, also in Baku, ReardonSmith was commissioned by the same client to design two new hotels as the centrepiece for Shahdag, a new all-year round resort in the Greater Caucasus mountain range. The resort, developed by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Tourism, was intended to serve both the local market and overseas visitors.
The Park Chalet was designed as a sister hotel to the ReardonSmith designed Pik Place Hotel in Shahdag, with a number of shared facilities. Whilst modelled, like its sister hotel, on a European Alpine style, The Park Chalet is also influenced by the architectural language of America’s most prestigious ski destinations. In order to differentiate it from its more conventionally grand sibling, the restaurant, bar and lounge facilities of the hotel have all been placed on the top floor to take advantage of the spectacular views available above the resort complex. This has also achieved an imposing volume to these spaces since they are accommodated under the traditional, steeply pitched roofs of the building. The hotel is integrated into the resort’s infrastructure, allowing full below-ground access, out of sight of the guests and maintaining the tranquillity of the national nature park setting. The hotel provides 164 keys including 15 suites, a spa, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, all-day dining restaurant, a coffee lounge and cocktail bar.
Pik Palace, the most luxurious hotel and prominent building in the mountain resort of Shahdag in Azerbaijan, opened its doors in early 2014. As requested by the client, the design is inspired by the grand hotels of the Swiss Alps. Local limestone and render clad the façade; the zinc-clad roof with its diamond-format tiles will develop a rich patina as it ages. Windows with bronze coloured frames add an understated sophistication and are flanked by traditionally styled shutters. Guestrooms, centrally placed on the facades, benefit from French doors onto balconies dressed with finely worked metal balustrades.
As visitors approach the resort from the north, a grand sense of arrival is unveiled. A gatehouse pavilion welcomes guests before they progress up the inclined driveway, passing the rooftops of the shops and then sweeping round above the ballroom level to reach the porte cochère and main entrance. An alternative entrance has been provided at ground-level linking the hotel directly with the shopping boutiques.
A primary consideration was the connection with the principal ski routes. Changing rooms and ski in/out facilities were therefore located in the south wing from where guests ski just a short way to the mountain lifts. At ground level, the central area between the two flanks of the building is occupied by a 700 sq metre ballroom which is carved into the mountainside and is column-free. It opens out on one side to a large “external ballroom” terrace protected by the undulations of the valley. Pik Palace comprises 168 guestrooms including a Presidential Suite and an exclusive 1,000 sq metre penthouse apartment. There are numerous restaurants, bars and cafes, an expansive spa and health club and indoor and outdoor pools, as well as the golf and ski facilities.
Images courtesy of Pik Palace Shahdag and Absheron Hotels
The Savoy re–opened in 2010 after the largest ever hotel restoration in London, a £220 million project that re–affirmed the extraordinary heritage of this iconic hotel. ReardonSmith led the design team in a programme that included the restoration, rebuilding or redesign of all guestrooms and public areas, the introduction of an entirely new services infrastructure and the structural stabilisation of the listed riverfront façade. This significant feat of engineering was also the opportunity to rationalise space within the riverside guestrooms, removing some of the internal structure so that bathrooms could be re-organised and more space released into the bedroom.
Pierre–Yves Rochon created the new interior design schemes; ReardonSmith was responsible for their design development and implementation on-site. Throughout, a new level of glamour and sense of luxury was achieved, echoing the very finest of 1920s Art Deco combined with an Edwardian–inspired, classic English style, both synonymous with The Savoy. The riverfront restaurant was transformed and the lavishly theatrical Beaufort Bar introduced, complete with The Savoy's refurbished 1930s stage. The legendary American Bar was stripped out for new services and re–built to appear almost as before, while natural light was returned to the heart of the building by way of a magnificent stained glass dome over the Thames Lounge. The authentic Art Deco guestrooms were faithfully restored and others were totally refurbished in a style highly sympathetic to the spirit of the original. Most of the 180 Edwardian guestrooms needed total rebuilding but, wherever possible, original fittings and features were removed, cleaned and reinstated. A new Royal Suite was introduced, spanning nearly the entire length of the hotel at fifth floor level.
Back–of–house, works encompassed new kitchens, the latest heating and sprinkler systems and modern staff facilities. The exterior faience, the main forecourt entrance and the riverside entrance were also all refurbished.
One of London’s most eagerly awaited hotels has recently opened – The Beaumont in Mayfair. The ReardonSmith designed hotel was developed by Grosvenor and is being operated by Corbin & King Hotels, the company founded by the legendary restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin. The project has involved the conversion of a Grade II listed Art Deco style building, originally designed as a garage and previously occupied by Avis Rent–A–Car, and was the culmination of a four-year search by Corbin & King Hotels and ReardonSmith for the right London site.
A sensitive extension to the existing north wing of the building, as well as two additional floors on the roof and two new basement levels, achieved space for a total of 73 guestrooms and suites, the colony Grill Room and American Bar, a separate residents’ bar & lounge, a small function room, a spa with hammam and a gymnasium. Works have included the entire removal of the interior structure behind the retained façade which was lifted and suspended while basement excavations were underway. All the fenestration is new with crittall-style windows to the lover levels of guestroom floors and simpler glazing above. The roof extension is clearly a modern intervention which does not attempt to copy the existing façade, yet is sympathetic to it.
An inhabitable sculpture by the artist Antony Gormley entitled ROOM sits above the building's south wing as a modular piece forming the bedroom of one of the suites. Constructed in mill finish stainless steel that will develop a patina, it transforms the traditional idea of public art on a plinth into an iconic component of a busy hotel while creating a landmark for the area.
The Boulevard Hotel is the largest conference hotel on the Caspian Sea. It opened its doors in June 2015 to coincide with the First European Games which were hosted by Azerbaijan.
Located on Baku’s ocean boulevard, the hotel reflects the vision and optimism of the city planners as they transform this district into a new “White City” - a brand new high quality and sustainable urban quarter. The hotel has 818 guestrooms and over 2,000 sq metres of function and pre-function space including a 1,300 sq metre, column-free ballroom. There are three restaurants, bars and a generously sized spa. Extensive landscaping provides private gardens, public realm and a verdant separation from the highway that borders the site. Styled in a contemporary manner, the four-storey hotel has a façade of pale stone and glass and is constructed on raft foundations due to the nature of the reclaimed land on which it sits. Inside, the scale of the building is balanced by interiors that are of a human scale and the grid of the ground floor plan allows guests to easily navigate their way through the public areas.
Officially opened in June 2000, The Grand Palace Hotel was immediately hailed as a reflection of "the whole philosophical and psychological shift [in Riga] from what used to be to what could be". The conversion from a dilapidated heritage building into a luxury boutique hotel required rigorous space planning to achieve commercial viability and an efficient building form. An entirely new wing was built creating one side of a new glazed courtyard which accommodated a restaurant, while back–of–house was planned to optimise limited space while supporting the highest standard of service.
The whole structure needed to be stabilized and new concrete floors added on top of the original timber beams. The roof was also raised to add an attic storey. The construction project was managed in London working closely with local architects.
The Lanesborough, situated at one of London’s most prestigious addresses overlooking Hyde Park Corner, was renovated for the first time since the property had been converted into a hotel over 20 years ago. ReardonSmith acted as Lead Design Consultant and Architect, partnering with the Alberto Pinto agency and several specialist craft companies in a programme of works which returned The Lanesborough to its premier status amongst the capital’s most distinguished hotels.
Our role included the negotiation of all planning and listed building consents, preparation of the detailed plan of works in collaboration with the operator, coordination of all issues relating to interior design, operations and the new service infrastructure and on-site supervision to ensure that Alberto Pinto’s vision was realised. In the public areas, ceilings were replaced with skilfully embellished fibrous plaster, existing stone and marble was revived, the ubiquitous dark mahogany was painstakingly stripped back to reveal a lighter grain and layers of classical decoration were introduced. All 94 guestrooms were refurbished, each room different in either configuration or style and treated to magnificent all-marble bathrooms, and the Royal Suite was extended and refurbished to achieve a residence of up to 250 sq metres. Adjustments to back-of-house areas were also made to better utilise the space and create an attractive staff dining room.
The Regent Porto Montenegro opened in summer 2014, the first hotel in the glamorous new marina destination, Porto Montenegro. The inspiration for the architectural design came from the exquisite houses that grace this beautiful Adriatic coastline but while the hotel’s scale and style is imposing amongst its smaller neighbours, the relationship with them is also clear. All the buildings are clad in Montenegrin stone and render, with terracotta roof tiles, and the arched colonnade that wraps around the hotel is typical in the region, providing shaded areas in the summer months. Directly on the waterfront and with a large inlet to one side, the hotel gives its guests an exclusive connection with sea and marina. The restaurants, bars and banqueting hall are all on the sea-facing side of the building and the main entrance, on the street side, is located to frame the view of the water beyond; all the guestrooms and apartments offer spectacular sea or mountain views
Regent Porto Montenegro comprises 51 guestrooms and 35 suites and serviced residences. Two four-bedroom penthouses each with a plunge pool and surrounded by large terraces top the two sea-facing wings. Two two-bedroom penthouses top the central section of the fifth floor. The guestrooms are typically 40–45 sq meters excluding their generously sized balconies. Promenading along the colonnade, guests will find the indoor/outdoor spaces of the main lobby, the library, a patisserie café and all-day dining restaurant, with sunken terraces surrounded by water channels providing secluded nooks for al fresco eating and drinking. Inside, the double-height atrium accommodates a tea lounge which leads out onto a water garden. A grand staircase sweeps from the atrium to the first floor. Here there is the Regent Spa and the Regent yacht club as well as the main banqueting hall which extends the length of the hotel between the two wings and looks onto the main pool directly outside its glazed doors.
Further elevating the legendary luxury of The Savoy, ReardonSmith Architects returned to the hotel as Lead Architect in the creation of an entirely new Savoy Suite and the renovation of the Royal Suite. Uniquely qualified, the team overseeing this newest transformation was responsible for the icon’s 2007-10 restoration and rebuilding programme and therefore well-versed in its complex hybrid of Edwardian, Art Deco and 20th Century infrastructure. ReardonSmith obtained all building consents for the listed interiors, designed the architectural reconfiguration, and managed onsite coordination with the client as well as interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.
The Savoy Suite
Two one-bedroom suites and a standard guestroom on the sixth floor were combined to form the new Savoy Suite. Grand double doors at the entrance open onto a newly created lobby. Beyond is an elegant lounge graced by a black Chinese lacquer bar with an églomisé mirror backdrop. New Art Deco and traditional cornicing adds a finishing touch. Stitched leather panels clad the walls of the master and secondary bedrooms, while the bathroom is accentuated by an églomisé mirror frieze on the vanity façade. Gold and white mosaic tiles were hand-applied one by one in the shower, and from the bathtub, a glazed wall panel offers views through to the bedroom window’s vista of the Thames and London rooftops above the treeline.
The Royal Suite
With its procession of rooms spanning nearly all the fifth floor, including the place where Monet painted his panorama of the river, the Royal Suite was refreshed to enhance the heart of the space and encourage greater flow between areas. The office and living room in the previous configuration were opened up and an exquisite bar with faceted black glazing in gold trim added as its centrepiece. All technology has been cleverly implemented, including sliding panels that conceal the television at the flick of a switch.
Photography credit Niall Clutton
In June 2010 London's Mayor opened the Waterloo Travelodge, Travelodge's 400th hotel and the Travelodge flagship in the capital.
The scheme brings high quality design to the building envelope while realising internal layouts to meet the brand standard. A contemporary café bar together with a large restaurant is located at street level. This wraps around the front of the new building into the side street and, with the benefit of full height windows, lends life and colour to the locality whilst providing an attractive amenity for local people as well as for hotel guests.
Landscaping to the site was an important consideration, involving consultation with neighbouring residents. The design included for the narrow side street to be visually widened by creating a shared surface with new trees and a paved drive.
ReardonSmith Architects were novated to the Main Contractor, Sisk, at Stage K and the project was delivered on budget and two weeks early. Designed by ReardonSmith in collaboration with architects Stanton Williams, who were responsible for the façade, the hotel extends across three sites previously occupied by two structurally unsound buildings and a Georgian property that had been an office.
The Waterloo Travelodge offers 279 guestrooms as well as separately accessed private office space for rent.