Design Research Studio is developing Sea Containers House – situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge – into the new hotel, which will open in 2014.
The consultancy was invited to pitch against two other groups and won appointment in September last year.
Sea Containers House was built in the 1970s designed by US architect Warren Platner, to be a luxury hotel. Following its completion it was used as office space – one occupant being Sea Container, which lent its name to the development.
Design Research Studio says the new hotel ‘will embody the elegance of a transatlantic 1920s liner combined with a healthy dose of 1980s post-modern reference.’
The consultancy was invited to pitch against two other groups and won appointment in September of last year.
An internal and external copper clad wall, inspired by the hull of a ship, will feature in the lobby – a 1500m2 ground floor area with two riverside restaurants and a breakfast bar.
To work in tandem with existing metal finishes, Design Research Studio has proposed brasswork to run throughout the hotel, ‘feeding out to every corner, edging each bedroom door and eventually morphing into an oversize cocktail bar,’ it says.
The consultancy says it has custom-designed furniture for the hotel, which will feature rich colours to contrast with metallic finishes.
Corridors will reference cruise liner cabins, and bathrooms are inspired by marine engineering, featuring exposed bolts and doors which appear to be water-tight.
A roof-top bar taking cues from a cruise-liner deck will be given an Art-Deco period ballroom treatment.
Elsewhere a spa graduating in colour from ‘white to darker shades’ will offer ‘under water tranquility’ leading guests to a ‘secret water feature’ says Design Research Studio, which has drawn inspiration from the ‘cocooning nature of a submarine.’