The Standard completed its first hotel in London with a 1974 Brutalist structure overlooking King’s Cross. How to convert offices within a concrete Brutalist frame into a contemporary boutique hotel of 266 rooms hosting a new restaurant, bar, and a roof terrace above?
This project is all about Repurpose, Reuse, and Readapt.
The original tinted-windows in their distinct rounded rectangular frames were replaced with clear glass. According to construction and architecture firm Orms, adding three new-build storeys to the existing structure was a vital component of the brief. To accommodate the additional weight of the three new floors, they collaborated with Structural engineers Heyne Tillett Steel adding steel columns to the existing structure. These were threaded like needles down through the existing waffle slabs to the 1st-floor.
The colorful interiors are designed by Shawn Hausman to contrast “the greyness of London”.
My background is in film; creating a fictitious room or set based on these characters and their history. I try and do that [in hotels] to create depth in what we’re designing, so it’s not just materials and objects there for no reason – it gives a connecting thread to everything.”- Shawn Hausman
The Standard London delivers an events program mixing music, art, and design, which comes as a tried-and-tested formula for the brand and answering to what a well-educated end consumer expects today who has seen much.
Ph Courtesy by The Standard
If you’re interested in further hotel design inspiration, please browse here.