After seven years and a $385-million investment, the Londoner will open its doors in June 2020. Located in London’s Leicester Square, the boutique hotel is the latest project by Edwardian Hotels London.
Edwardian Hotels London’s design architect Rob Steul and architectural firm Woods Bagot, led by CEO Nik Karalis, collaborated to develop the architectural design concept fitting of its cornerstone position on Leicester Square, and a guest experience with a “West End Story” narrative at its core. Interior designers Yabu Pushelberg, engineers Arup Associates, and artist Ian Monroe round out the design team.Due to urban planning height restrictions, the architects proposed a nearly 100-meter subterranean series of spaces on six levels, creating the deepest habitable basement in London, a factor that presented a number of architectural, structural, and engineering challenges. In order to reach down to the depths required, an excavator had to be specially designed and made by construction company McGee Group, who built the basement and building structure.
Portland stone predominates on the façade with a vertical pattern of punched bronze-framed windows trimmed in blue architectural faience tiles numbering over 15,000, which were both conceived and designed by Monroe and individually handmade by British company Darwen Terracotta. Each tile took traditional artisans up to six weeks to create—from the initial pour through to the final firing—and when in place, set at a specific angle, will reflect the natural light of the sky during the day and the dynamism of the area’s myriad of lights at nightfall.
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