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Mondrian Hotel, London, UK

This transformation of a 1970s building into a luxury hotel, with transatlantic cruise liners as its inspiration, makes extensive use of copper for its interiors. In particular, the main Reception is, what designer Tom Dixon describes as, “a massive structure inspired by a ship’s hull piercing through from the outside canopy into the lobby and right through past the elevators into the restaurant, all clad with copper”

Design Research Studio created the interiors for the hotel which hails from New York. With 359 bedrooms, two bars, one restaurant, a spa and a cinema this is Design Research Studio's biggest project to date and allowed the studio to explore a wide range of environments, Tom explains:

'For us a Hotel is a dream job – it allows to work in so many different typologies – Spas and Bars, restaurants and bedrooms, conference rooms and corridors. The idea that we can create a complete universe that people can live in for a night or a week, what’s not to like?'

The building itself was designed by American architect Warren Platner in the 1970s. Originally designed as a luxury hotel, the building's brief was never fulfilled and it instead was occupied as office. Among these was a shipping company ‘Sea Container’ from which the building now draws its name. This maritime history and the Anglo-American relationship between Design Research Studio and Morgans Hotel Group, form the design inspiration for the project. Drawing on the theme of a transatlantic cruise liner for inspiration, Tom touched on the inspiration behind the hotel:

'We thought that the transatlantic liners of the golden period of cruisers was a fitting departure point, we wanted the rooms to have a feeling of a cabin, with everything fitted, compact and properly thought through. We made a massive intervention to the arrival sequence with a massive structure inspired by a ship’s hull piercing through from the outside canopy into the lobby and right through past the elevators into the restaurant, all clad with copper.'

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Building

Owner: 
Mondrian Hotel London
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
SE1 9PD
City: 
London
Street: 
20 Upper Ground London
Location: 

Categories

Applications: 
Interior
Type of building: 
Hotels, accommodation
Copper used: 
Classic
Brass
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Architect

Name, office: 
Tom Dixon Design Research Studio

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