Google+ London Architecture Blog: Week 34 13 Feature #27 ME Hotel

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Week 34 13 Feature #27 ME Hotel

ME London Hotel
Project Team: Foster and Partners, Silken Hotel Group (developer), Buro Happold (Engineers), Davis Langdon (QS), BDSP (M&E Engineer), Gordon Ingram Associates (Lighting Engineer)
Date Constructed: 2004-13
Location:  336-337 The Strand, City of Westminster, London WC2R 1HA

ME Hotel is a new five star hotel development by Foster and Partners for the Silken Hotel Group located on the corner of  Aldwych and The Strand. The development involved the refurbishment of an existing listed facade, the addition of a new building and the reconfiguration of the existing interior. It is the first hotel hotel by the practice where all of the exterior and interior, including fittings and furniture was undertaken by Foster and Partners.

The building occupies the western corner of Aldwych, a crescent consisting of five early twentieth century buildings laid out in a formal symmetrical plan arching away from The Strand with Kingsway leading north from its centre. Central to the Strand Conservation Area, the design of the new hotel building compliments the neighbouring buildings, through its nine storey height, portland stone cladding and set back roof terraces.

The key feature of the exterior is the circular corner tower which houses the entrance at ground floor level, behind a recess which houses a sculpture in front of the glass entrances. Rising from here, the narrow vertical windows lead up to a private terrace for the grand suite. Following the tower, the curved exterior form and window pattern, although contemporary in it's detailing creates a subtle rhythm to the busy road intersection. The room windows are triangular in shape, extruding from minimal stone surrounds allowing views out in both directions.

Inside the hotel, the interior layout is inspired the concept of yin and yang, where dark and light spaces work to compliment the experience of the hotel. A combination of dark marble, stone, white leather and luxurious hardwoods combine to form warm, open spaces inside the restaurants, bars, and the individual rooms. Below ground, the gym and conference space continue the theme with access from the central onyx clad atrium. At the top of the hotel, a bar and terrace space provide views across the city.

ME Hotel London website.

Interior photographs courtesy ME London Hotel;

Reception. Photograph courtesy ME London Hotel.
Corridor. Photograph courtesy ME London Hotel.
Marconi Room. Photograph courtesy ME London Hotel.
The terrace. Photograph courtesy ME London Hotel.
Vibe room. Photograph courtesy ME London Hotel.

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