Design concept: Buckle Street Studios by Locke, London
Our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive goes inside this new outpost by Locke, Edyn’s lifestyle aparthotel brand, just a short walk away from the Tower of London.
We take a closer look at the debut of a stylish aparthotel in the heart of the UK capital.
A striking exterior
November 2021 marked the opening of the 11th property and fifth location in London for Locke, hospitality group Edyn’s much-vaunted lifestyle aparthotel brand. Buckle Street Studios by Locke is located in Aldgate, close to the City, Tower Bridge and Brick Lane – and adjacent to the brand’s very first scheme, Leman Locke.
The development comprises 13 storeys featuring 87 contemporary studio apartments and 16 new-to-the-brand hotel-style guestrooms, along with a meeting room and Shaman coffeeshop.
Grzywinski+Pons led the architectural and interior design for this property, which boasts a striking façade and elegant social spaces resembling a cross between an art gallery and a concept store. Matthew Grzywinski, who also helped bring the first four Locke locations to life, designed the building with consideration for the experience of those passing by, as well as guests and visitors coming inside.
Its distinctive interior features a translucent glass crown enclosing the top two floors, purposely resembling a modernist lighthouse.
Hybrid interior spaces
Overall, the hotel’s interiors act as an example of how space is evolving to become increasingly hybrid and offer versatility.
This is also the first Locke hotel to include a concept store, showcasing a curated collection of items, and dedicated Makers’ Space, championing local artists and designers. The mezzanine floor, meanwhile, incorporates coworking space for both guests and locals, along with an evolving cultural programme.
Elsewhere, the lobby provides a serene space for guests and locals to lounge and work in that’s distinguished by timber walls, smooth arches, curved furniture and a neutral colour palette. The accommodation continues in this same style with neutral tones, moody lighting, raw concrete, plaster and finishes in brushed brass.
For more info about this scheme, and to view an extensive gallery of hi-res images, check out Buckle Street Studios by Locke’s project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.
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