We were proud to be shortlisted for not one but two of our projects in 2018. Both were finalists in the SBID category ‘Hotel Bedrooms and Suites.
We worked with designers Dexter Moren Associates on Hotel du Vin’s historic Avon Gorge Hotel. Set in a prime location above the site of a listed pump room and spa, the hotel has unparalleled views of Bristol’s famous Grade I listed Clifton Suspension Bridge.
DMA’s experience of sensitively restoring and enhancing heritage sites has been instrumental in bringing this building back to its former glory. A design that enhances the unique character shaped by the architecture, history and location of the building.
The concept paid homage to the existing building, celebrating many original features including original stained-glass windows, Turkish arches and tiled floors whilst DMA’s genius touch was to also inject a playful irreverence into the scheme via tongue-in-cheek artworks and accessories.
Jewel-coloured fabrics layered over darker tones create opulent and intimate spaces, and lighting has been carefully designed to create a sense of drama, pinpointing focal points of interest. Where possible, local materials have been used, for example the use of pennant stone provides an immediate connection to the suspension bridge cladding.
Bedrooms and suites have a residential feel: comfortable, relaxing and luxurious. Classic period features are retained yet interpreted in a contemporary manner, providing a timeless interior and intriguing story inspired by the location’s past and present and the Hotel du Vin brand.
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The Royal Lancaster London has one of London’s most commanding locations overlooking Hyde Park. We worked with designer David Morris and his team at Studio Proof who masterminded a complete refurbishment and rebranding to create one of London’s most distinctive modern luxury hotels. Using its mid-century credentials as a focal point, the new design glows with sophisticated and restrained mid-century design; tipping a hat to Mies Van Der Rohe, T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, and other luminaries of that era. There is a focus on craftsmanship, quality of materials and detailing; all combining to assert the hotel’s place amongst London’s finest.
The result is an impressive regeneration of this large hotel with over 400 rooms and suites and extensive conferencing facilities and food and beverage outlets.
Perhaps the singular most inspired aspect of the concept was the realisation that every room in this hotel has an exceptional unobstructed view, which is unusual for a central London hotel. Studio Proof ingeniously designed the rooms to make the windows and views have maximum effect.
Read more about it HERE.