The Sea Containers House is funny one, built in the 1970s, as a luxury hotel, the original design brief was never fulfilled, and instead has remained occupied by offices. Among these was a shipping company 'Sea Container' from which the building now draws its name. Located on the south banks of the River Thames, the brutalist structure holds a strong presence between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge.
Now, under creative direction of Tom Dixon, architectural interior design practice, Design Research Studio
, has partnered up with Morgans Hotel Group
to redevelop of this once-anonymous concrete building into Mondrian London, a new hotel for the group due to open in early 2014. "We chose Design Research Studio during a competitive pitch to design the new Mondrian hotel because of Tom Dixon's innovative use of materials. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, Mondrian Hotel as a reputation for being an American brand, we thought it only made sense to have such a reputable British designer like Tom to be a part of Mondrian London.The fact that Tom and Design Research Studio had never worked on a hotel before, meant the team would have a fresh set of eyes of the project and this really appealed to us."
-Morgans Hotel Group
CEO Michael Gross
The first hotel redesign for Design Research Studio
, the project is the first collaboration between the British interior design practice and the American hotel group.
The Sea Containers House maritime history and the Anglo-American relationship between Design Research Studio
and Morgans Hotel Group
, form the basis of the design rationale. Marrying the elegance of a transatlantic 1920s liner and brutalist architecture, the hotel harks back to the work of American architect, Warren Platner, who built the 14-floor Sea Containers House in 1970s. One in particular is a cruise liner Platner once designed, while his furniture is featured in exclusive suites within the hotel.
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