The 252-room hotel has been eagerly awaited for good reason. It was created by two hoteliers well-known for their hip and luxurious properties: Nick Jones, founder of
The three collaborated to renovate the former Midland Bank space, built by celebrated English architect Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens in 1924. Designer Alice Lund, along with Adam Greco and Rebecca King, oversaw the design of the 320,0000-square-foot property, which took four years to complete and cost around £200 million.
The glamorous 11-story property features nine restaurants (serving European, British, Asian and American food—an outpost of
The space features 92 handcrafted African Verdite columns, walnut banking counters, and white marble throughout. As a result, Lund and her team found themselves leaning towards incorporating dusty pinks and burnished reds to complement this palette.
“Nick Jones wanted the hotel to be grand with a faded glamour that was true to its 1920’s heritage,” says Lund. “We used this narrative as a starting point, and then incorporated design elements from other time periods prior to compliment this idea.”
“The third was a totally blank canvas for us to work on, and gave us the opportunity to create something really warm, playful and opulent—a stark contrast to the other sections, which feature stainless steel safety deposit boxes that are visually spectacular, but far less soft in terms of their aesthetic,” says Lund.
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Published on April 27, 2017