London-based design practice Studio Proof has unveiled its £80 million redesign of The Lancaster London, which will culminate in the reinstatement of ‘Royal’ in the hotel’s name and will raise the hotel into the luxury market.
The refurbishment of the 18-storey property includes a striking new 8m high, glazed entrance façade leading to a redesigned reception lobby, plus the addition of ground level dining areas and lounges, a separate reception for the hotel’s Nine King’s banqueting suite, and the complete restructuring of all 411 guestrooms and suites.
Inside, major re-planning has created a series of stunning new spaces, each with custom-designed furniture and fittings. Taking their cue from the building itself – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – the designers have drawn inspiration from mid-20th century design, creating pieces which reference the work of T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, Mies Van Der Rohe, Gio Ponti and Richard Seifert, and pay homage to their legacy.
Craftsmanship, the optimisation of space, and the use of the highest quality materials are central to the design concept. Studio Proof has transformed the interior architecture of the lobby to meet both the demands of a 5-star hotel and create suitable ‘stages’ to display the furniture ensembles. Stunning brushed brass geometric screens combine with a backdrop of daylight from the new triple height facade and ribbons of American black walnut panelling, to form the reception lounge. living lounge, and lobby bar. A large new marble staircase grants guests a bird’s-eye view of the space whilst becoming a feature in and of itself linking 4 floor of conferencing, lounges, F&B as well the gym and parking.
Guestrooms and suites have been remodelled and designed with the surrounding landscape in mind. Mid-century daybeds integrated into the joinery run along the length of the wall-to-wall windows, encouraging guests to relax and soak up the unprecedented views across Hyde Park and the city. Each room is furnished with luxury tactile fabrics, bespoke lighting and contemporary furnishings which give a nod to the hotel’s design heritage and complement the hotel’s vision of creating the future with treasures from the past.
Several BCFA members are suppliers for this project, including Ulster Carpets, Hans Grohe (Axor), Heathfield, Astro, Vescom, Muraspec, Muirhead, Whistler, Zimmer & Rohde and Silent Gliss.
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