Hotel design is not just about designing places to sleep, it is much more than that. It offers interior designers a chance to incorporate the architectural style of the locality and cleverly mix the old and the new. We can help forge sensitive connections with the community.
We can build a ‘story’ for visitors to enjoy and immerse themselves in.
The Heart of the City Development in Sheffield seeks to do just that. Working with Radisson Blu, we have developed the interior concept for the new flagship hotel. Incorporating into the scheme what makes Sheffield special. Known as the ‘Steel City’, and nestled on the edge of the Peak District, the city and its surroundings couldn’t be more conflicting. Taking elements from Sheffield’s past and present, we combined them to create an abstract celebration of the city. By using complementary materials and a palette of natural colours, The design reflects the City’s strong historical identity, and will be unmistakably Radisson Blu, but unmistakably Sheffield.
Our recent work with The Wesley Group sees the retrofit of a former Methodist church in Camden, London into a luxury boutique hotel. The existing church brings a rich history, with a façade dating back to the 1800s, which needed extensive and comprehensive refurbishment to breathe new life into the building and preserve it for future generations. Working closely with the client, we set out to sensitively transform and renovate the church, carefully retaining elements of the original building to create a scheme that is contemporary but also has a sense of history and complements its surroundings. Influential British fashion label of the 80s BodyMap – founded in Camden, inspired the bold monochrome patterns found throughout the Hotel. Local artists will have the opportunity to exhibit in the building by using the interchangeable artwork scheme in the entrance spaces. These spaces also replicate the original parquet design, which has also been retained in the new worship area and features throughout the Hotel and into the compact but considered guestrooms.
By adopting a thoughtful, strategic and creative design approach we have prioritised the preservation of essential historical elements and integrated them into new luxe contemporary spaces for guests to enjoy.
Good hotel interior schemes can – and should – infuse modern elements for the modern traveler but also highlight the historical values and heritage of its surroundings. In successfully doing this, we allow guests to enjoy the surrounding architectural grandeur while enjoying new luxurious contemporary facilities.