Design concept: Bermonds Locke, London
A September 2020-opened aparthotel, designed by a team that includes C+W O’Brien Architects and Holloway Li, is the focus of our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive.
A recent addition to one of London’s most exciting neighbourhoods, Bermonds Locke represents an interesting move for the lifestyle hospitality brand.
When Locke opened this property in Bermondsey last year, it revealed a new design direction for the home-meets-hotel concept. The brand’s third property in London, this site is home to 143 apartments, along with a destination restaurant, bar, co-working space and workout studio.
Conceived as spaces to be lived in, the hotel’s apartments comprise living as well as sleeping areas, plus laundry facilities and fully equipped kitchens. The accommodation is paired with vibrant public areas and site-specific cultural programming to provide guests with the benefits of a lifestyle hotel and the chance to experience the destination as a local might.
A homage to nature
The surrounding neighbourhood is also a defining element of the hotel’s aesthetic.
This hotel marked the brand’s first collaboration with interior architecture studio Holloway Li. Here, the studio has paid homage to nature in terms of aesthetic and eco-responsibility, with the use of repurposed construction materials in the apartments and public areas. Concrete testing cubes, for example, now make up a plinth for the six-metre terrazza tables in the co-working space.
Through using these materials, Holloway Li aims to highlight the way that a circular material economy can create a unique aesthetic and living experience.
The signature studios on the upper floors exhibit blue, grey and beige hues, while those on the lower floors feature lively pinks, altogether representing the gradient of a desert sunset. This colour palette responds to the narrative developed by Heather Tierney from Wanderlust in which Bermonds Locke draws on the ‘Southern California cool’ of Joshua Tree, the Mojave Desert and Abbot Kinney.
C+W O’Brien Architects worked on the scheme’s striking architecture.
For more info about this scheme, and to view an extensive gallery of hi-res images, check out Bermonds Locke’s project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.
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