London (United Kingdom)
On Pepys Street, just a stone’s throw from the Tower of London, stands the DoubleTree by Hilton Tower of London (formerly Mint Hotel). Inaugurated at the start of 2011, this 12-floor hotel elegantly combines stone, zinc and plants. The building complements and animates the dense urban landscape, creating a link with the surrounding historic streets.
The central courtyard is the heart of the hotel. Its walls are covered with plants and connect the reception area to the vast roof terraces.
Floating above the roof of the hotel is a cantilevered SkyLounge housing a bar and restaurant with perforated zinc shutters. From here, clients can access the patios that offer breathtaking views of the Tower of London and other iconic monuments of the English capital.
Architecte : Bennetts Associates Architects
Entreprise générale : Laing O'Rourke
Mise en oeuvre du zinc : Deepdale Solutions
Panneaux en zinc : SOTECH
Technique(s) : VMZ Profil à emboîtement
Aspect de surface : QUARTZ-ZINC
An exterior colonnade leads to the reception area. The main facades are in natural stone, like most of the neighbouring buildings.
The foyer has double ceiling height. Public spaces on the first floor are fully glazed to maximise transparency and animate the urban landscape.
A large glass atrium covers the entire reception area and reveals the plant walls of the inner courtyard.
Vertical strips of plants and zinc profiles alternate on the nine floors of the inner facades. The plant wall introduces biodiversity by attracting bees and birds to the neighbourhood and provides a visual attraction for guests.
To soften the roofs, the top two floors are clad with vertical gardens accentuating the contrast between the skylounge and the rest of the facade.
In the bar and restaurant, the shutter is the architectural attraction.
From the roof terrace, the public can enjoy panoramic views of London’s historic centre and Elizabeth I Towers, inviting the visitor to admire and architects to transform a an area they consider a little too frozen in history…
QUARTZ-ZINC, more than any other lacquered metal material, attracts the light and enhances the elegant design of the building.
Perforated vents in light grey patina zinc installed in front of huge windows gracefully adorn the facades of the roof extension.
The hotel was awarded “very good” in its BREAM certification.
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