Furnishing: Luceplan, Matiazzi, Kvadrat, Catalano, Laufen
Architect: Grzywinski + Pons
Location: Broken Wharf, London EC4V 3DT (UK)
Locke, the client behind the project, is known for hotels that are more than mere accommodations. In each of the company’s unique locations in the UK and Ireland, guests can expect an experience that joins living and work. The lifestyle concept connects holidays with home and guarantees an unforgettable stay.
The Locke at Broken Wharf, which stands on the banks of the Thames, is characterized primarily by its striking situation in the centre of the British capital. However, the existing 1970s-era building had little appeal. Poky, narrow spaces made matters anything but easy for the planners from New York. This is why they quickly decided to completely gut the building. They then painstakingly worked with the remaining supporting structure and managed to preserve the charm of the old walls.
Now, instead of small spaces there are generous areas, some of which extend over two levels. With extensive glazing, Grzywinski + Pons have opened the ground floor of the Broken Wharf hotel onto the surrounding urban environment. Octagonal columns - a remnant of the original building - zone every storey. They fit concordantly into the renovated interiors. The modern interior, which shows a fine hand, forms a captivating contrast to the old structure and functions as an emblem of the new Locke lifestyle hotel.
Both the airy street level with its open-space work areas and gastronomy, as well as the individual hotel rooms, have been furnished with meticulous detail. A combination of selected designer pieces such as sofas, chairs, beds and side tables complements the bespoke fittings and greenery. Elegant surfaces and materials including wood, stone, textiles and metal work in perfect harmony and, along with the view over London, create a coherent overall image.