The 1887 firehouse in central London was converted to a hotel and restaurant, the first European hotel for Hotels AB.
The hotel layout feels like a large private house, while the F&B component feels like an 'American bistro'. The restaurant maintains original architectural details and finishes. The laddershed is now a private club with it's own movies screen. What once housed storage in the basement of the firehouse are bathrooms with a secret door to a wine bar. Each guest room is it's own unique type with furniture, lighting, drapery and accessories specific to each.
While living in the hotel during construction, every aspect of building a hotel to opening a hotel was tied to my everyday to do list. With a magnificent team both in house and otherwise, the collaborative effort exposed me not just to designing hotels but to a first hand experience of opening a hotel.
Photography: Keith Collie
Design: Studio KO
Architect: Archer Humphryes Architects Ltd
Contractor: Knight Harwood
American Trade Hotel
As part of the design collective SANDesign, the interior design of the American Trade Hotel in the Casco Viejo, Panama City is the first boutique hotel in its surroundings. In the former American Trade Developing Building built in 1971, it is a 50 room hotel combining nostalgia of Panama's heyday with a modern, eclectic style.
The hotel has a cafe, bar, jazz club, library, pool, gym and boutique. The hotel opened in 2013.
After 10 years in their TriBeCa loft, the Schoellers had become quite accustomed to open-plan living. But as their family grew, the need for separation became necessary. Two additional bathrooms, three bedrooms, den, office and extensive storage were 'added' while still celebrating the clients loft-style living.
Photography: Joseph De Leo
Sense Spa at the Carlyle Hotel
SENSE SPA, THE CARLYLE HOTEL
In Rosewood Hotels’ flagship, The Carlyle Hotel, the spa consists of retail and reception area, five treatment rooms, a hair salon, a relaxation room, and a gym.
The site constraints were severe—very low ceiling height and close proximity to guest rooms called for great ingenuity to provide the luxury and amenity expected of The Carlyle.
The design is relaxed and luxurious, with lacquered paneled walls, custom-designed carpet and warm lighting. The Carlyle Hotel’s signature black-and-white lobby palette was carried through to the upstairs spa.