Leman Locke is a design-led aparthotel for those who want to challenge the status quo, and experience the unique and authentic.
Designed for travelers for whom a bed and shower in a shoebox isn’t enough, Locke immerses you in its neighbourhood’s culture through spaces that connect you to a community of like-minded locals and travellers. Consisting of a total of 168 apartments, divided into 105 studios and 63 one bedroom suites, Leman Locke will also offer guests two sky meeting rooms, the Locke Gym, two bars, all day dining and large amounts of indoor / outdoor lounge area, with ultrafast Wi-Fi throughout to accommodate the modern business traveller.
Design-conscious serviced apartments are a growing trend in the hospitality industry: travelers are seeking out extra living space and a degree of home comforts, but with a high-spec finish more akin to a top hotel. Leman Locke in London’s Aldgate follows this concept, and Chapel Street were instrumental in delivering the project, making sofas, beds, tables and chairs.
This contract demonstrates Chapel Street’s expanding capabilities, showing how it can deliver high-volume orders – and high quality – on a budget. ‘Doing more with less’ could be the mantra, and Chapel Street worked with procurement specialists Argenta Projects to complete the light, contemporary-style apartments in only five months.
Despite the challenging budget and quick turnaround, there was still room for innovation and attention to detail. Two single beds can be linked together, a feature usually only seen on a divan style of bed: at Leman Locke, the same functionality has been developed for a platform bed, a more elegant solution, and the solid brass latch that connects the two has been designed as an attractive feature in itself.
The self-contained nature of the Leman Locke apartment is not too dissimilar from the home comforts provided by AirBnB, is this the perfect blend of high-end hotel and AirBnB? Let us know in the comments below, or tweet us @designinsider1