Boutique Design - September 2017 - 19
RAFFLES HOTEL SLATED FOR
HISTORIC GOVERNMENT BUILDING
London's famed Old War Office-where Sir Winston Churchill once trod its seemingly endless hallways-is slated to be transformed into a luxury hotel and residential complex bearing AccorHotels Group's luxury Raffles brand. Located in the
city's Whitehall area near 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament, the
historic building was constructed in 1906 and features 1,100 rooms across seven
floors, as well as roughly 2 miles of corridors. It served as the office to many of the
U.K.'s political and military leaders during the 20th century, including Churchill.
Hinduja Group of India and Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos (OHLD), a unit
of Spanish construction company OHL Group, bought the building in December
2014 following a public bidding process. Planning permission was later granted for
the mixed-use development. The project is slated to include 125 guest rooms (40
percent of which will be suites), 88 private residences and several restaurants.
The project is expected to take just over three years to complete. The name
of its interior designer was not yet available.
"I am delighted to announce this long-term management contract with the
Hinduja Group and OHLD," says AccorHotels chairman and ceo Sébastien
Bazin. "This is the start of an important partnership for Raffles Hotels &
Resorts and will create a new and vibrant landmark for London. This is a significant step for Raffles and a strategic addition to the group's luxury portfolio."
C O U R T E S Y O F AC C O R H O T E L S G R O U P ( O L D WA R O F F I C E )
The "Life Stylists" feature in the May 2017 edition (pages 24-30) contained an
oversight: It did not credit the architecture and design firms for the projects
shown. Those credits are given below.
* For Nobu Ryokan Malibu, pages 24-26: Studio PCH (lead architect);
Montalba Architects (project architect); and TAL Studio (interior design of
guest bedrooms, lobby, circulation and ocean decks).
* For Ace Chicago, page 28: GREC Architects (architecture); and Commune
Design (interior design).
* For Shade Redondo Beach, page 30: Drasin Design (client representative/
creative director); Ware Malcolm (design architect); Cobico (interior
designer-FF&E); and Studio Phthalo (interior designer-drawing).
The "Macael Marble at The Met" story in the July+August 2017 edition (page 46)
mistakenly quoted Cosentino's Ana Granados as saying marble has low
porosity. Marble is in fact very porous; Granados was referring to Cosentino
products Silestone and Dekton, which are not.
Introducing 36 new metal designs and laminates,
ideal for hospitality interiors. Here: reflective
943 Dome. See them all at BDNY Booth #448.