The high-profile redevelopment of the ground floor lobby at Taj Crowne Plaza London – St James, designed by global architecture, urbanism and design practice Broadway Malyan, has completed.The project, delivered in partnership with client Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, creates a new, fresh guest experience that honours the heritage features of the existing interior, with the practice’s design brief including the lobby lounge and reception, lobby bar and restaurant at the hotel, located at 51 Buckingham Gate, London.
51 Buckingham Gate is one of central London’s finest grand hotels, an established institution that has accommodated travellers, celebrities, ministers and presidents. Many years of service had taken their toll and the time had come to unveil a new revived lobby experience that coincided with the renovation of the guestrooms.
The practice’s strategy was to draw on and complement the romantic late Victorian-early Edwardian architectural splendour by introducing sophisticated and modern classic furniture and lighting pieces. Its resultant materials selection was refined and involved working with the finest manufacturers to deliver intricately crafted furniture with superior quality marquetry.
Upholstered in hi-sheen silk and velvet fabrics, these pieces reflect the light from the glamorous Murano glass chandeliers above. Feature pieces include an art deco inspired decorative mirror flanked by a dramatic pair of eccentric wing chairs in velvet upholstery.