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.