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    The lobby inside Pan Pacific London
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    Case study: Creating a biophilic design scheme inside Pan Pacific London

    If you have managed to poke your head through the doors of the recently opened Pan Pacific London then you will have noticed the hotel has created a calming first impression that fuses together a paired-back, dare we say minimalist look and feel with modern hospitality. The brand behind the biophilic design scheme is Leaflike

    The lobby inside Pan Pacific London

    First impressions count, especially on the congested and competitive London hospitality design scene. Fast-becoming East London’s most popular wellness hotels, Pan Pacific London is on the doorstep of world-renowned locations yet also home to its own inner world. 

    Planters and contemporary starcase in lobby of Pan Pacific

    Image credit: Pan Pacific London

    Setting the tone immediately upon arrival, the lobby shelters earthy and warm tones creating a modern and paired back home-from-home scene. Meanwhile, accents of colour and personality come from carefully placed Singaporean rainforest and British woodland plants, dotted around the entire public areas within the hotel, that were provided by biophilic design experts at Leaflike. “This is one of the most rewarding projects we have worked on because of the alignment between our businesses regarding sustainability,” Brandon Abernethie, Head of Design at Leaflike told Hotel Designs. “We cannot wait to help more hoteliers achieve their goals.”

    The Sustainability Solution included the following eight items:

    • Extra green and healthy hydroculture system
    • Increased carbon dioxide removal
    • Unique recycled planters
    • Orchid rejuvenation program
    • Leaflike herb system, for decoration and cooking
    • Recycled glassware
    • Preserved moss feature displays
    • Personal green certification for Pan Pacific London

    As the partnership progressed Leaflike was introduced to the interior design Yabu Pushelburg, and received the final interior design concept.

    “While the guestrooms reference the calm of English and Asian gardens, the public areas will draw from the wild energy of the forest, to inspire a striking yet timeless atmosphere,” added Abernethie.

    The solution

    The design includes all areas of the hotel; bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, dining and private dining rooms, bar, reception lobby, galleries, lift lobbies, meeting rooms, rest rooms, gym and terrace areas, supplying:

    • More than 300 sustainability sourced preserved plants
    • More than 300 recycled planters
    • More than 450 live planting displays

    Some highlights of the final plants installed include:

    • Floor standing planting display with bun moss to reflect Singaporean rainforest interweaved with British woodland theme
    • Bespoke hand-crafted planters made from recycled materials
    • Use of sustainable preserved planting where live planting wasn’t a possibility
    • Plants: Strelizia nicolai tuft, Aglaonema Stripes and Philodendron selloum, to name a few

    The results 

    Pan Pacific and Leaflike, in harmony, believe they are a leading example for supplying and installing a truly sustainable planting solution throughout the hotel.

    All products are supplied with sustainability in mind and include:

    • Recycled and upcycled materials
    • Healthy hydroculture planting
    • Orchid rejuvenation program
    • Leaflike herb system, for decoration and cooking
    • Recycled glassware
    • Preserved moss feature displays
    Pool inside Pan Pacific London

    Image credit: Pan Pacific

    Leaflike, sustainability in every project

    The brand is on a quest to help customers with sustainable options. Leaflike green walls can also be made with sustainable materials including natural moss from woodland floors and recycled timber from builders pallets. The company started a 40/40 initiative, planting 40 trees a year which in turn will provide 40 tonnes of carbon reduction over the next 40 years. Additional initiatives are being considered for next year to encourage customers to purchase sustainable products.

    Leaflike is one of our Recommended Suppliers and regularly features in our Supplier News section of the website. If you are interested in becoming one of our recommended suppliers, please email Katy Phillips.

    Main image credit: Leaflike

    Hamish Kilburn / 28.09.2021

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