The six-storey glass structure, which is part of the emerging One Blackfriars development, will combine a sleek and modern outlook with eclectic interiors by interior designer (and former film set producer) Dayna Lee.
“We wanted to create a genuine boutique hotel for the modern mindset, with calm rooms and creative public spaces that reflect the vibrant, history-steeped community of SE1,” states Lee, who jointly heads up LA-based Powerstrip Studio.
“We’ve had fun celebrating the local artistic community including post-kiln pottery drying racks for shelves, kid-leather-covered furnishings conjuring an ‘art school’ experience and punctuating these with lots of luxurious, custom-made features.”
With both the Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery for neighbours, the Bankside Hotel has certainly picked a competitive area in which to flex its creative muscle, which it will mainly do via collaborative work and meeting areas, a large ‘white cube’ gallery space, and a decorative style established around bespoke furnishings and local arts and crafts.
Accommodation will stretch to 161 “airy-residential style” rooms, including seven suites. Rates will start from £260 a night.
Bankside also aims to serve the community with a 70-cover restaurant and bar, including an outdoor terrace for the warmer months. This will be a relaxed and informal setting with a focus on seasonal produce, and will be open to the public.
Further features at the hotel will include a lounge, a fully-equipped fitness centre and a function space with capacity for 120 people.
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