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