The Berkeley Hotel in London has recently unveiled its new Terrace suites as part of its extensive renovation project. By the end of September, the entire first floor of the hotel will be transformed, with 17 contemporary, new-look rooms including the Gallery suite (complete with rotating art collection), the Park suite, which faces Hyde Park, and the “palatial” two-bedroom Apartment, which measures 232 sqm.
The six Terrace suites (including three Terrace Junior and three 85 sqm Grand Terrace suites) were completed over the summer. Previously the first floor had 25 rooms so suites have all been enlarged. The newly renovated accommodations provide The Berkeley with some of the most extensive outdoor spaces in London
Under the visionary direction of John Heah, who has worked on some of the world’s most pioneering hotel designs including key Aman properties, the new first floor enhances the hotel’s contemporary style. Heah’s fusion of Asian and British interiors brings a well-travelled residential feel to the suites with dramatic glass terraces designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Within this urban apartment style, Heah has created a design aesthetic inspired by global travel, donating a worldly sense of calm.
The serenity of the suites is enhanced by their terraces filling the space with an abundance of natural light and views of peaceful Belgravia and neighbouring St Paul’s Church. With bustling Knightsbridge just around the corner and Hyde Park a stone’s throw away, these new suites thrive off The Berkeley’s location in the heart of London, capitalising on the neighbourhood and giving a real sense of place.
Throughout the creative process, Heah sourced over 30 fabrics and materials from all over the world from Thai silk, to Chinese wool and Swedish wood, working closely with local craftsmen and artisans. The urban chic feel of the suites is created through Heah’s use of sustainable teak complemented by a neutral colour scheme of varying tones of creams and browns, interspersed with pops of colour through an array of artwork.
The hotel’s co-owner Paddy McKillen and Heah, both seasoned globetrotters, have carefully selected art pieces and books from their travels to curate this residential style. The soft level lighting encased in intricately curved marble has been sourced from George Sexton Associates. Combined with the striking teak floors, this brings a graphic sense of modern linearity to the rooms and the first floor corridor with intricate details in the embedded hand woven silk and wool Nepalese carpets. A signature of these suites created by Heah, are double sided butler cupboards which offer guests a discrete level of service.
Commenting on his design Heah says, ‘We have gone to great efforts to combine bespoke craftsmanship with the height of quality in all materials used and have travelled the world to collate an eclectic collection of one off pieces for these suites. Attention to detail is at the heart of our design and I hope we have created a contemporary urban style, unparalleled with anything seen before in London.’
General Manager, Knut Wylde said, ‘John Heah has brought a new creative aesthetic to our room designs at The Berkeley and with his vision we believe the hotel is further established at the forefront of innovative London hospitality and design, paving the way for the next generation of travellers.’
Responding to an increase trend in intergenerational travel, many of the suites and rooms are interconnecting allowing for the space to be enlarged. The opening of Heah’s suites follows a major redesign at The Berkeley after the recent unveiling of the new façade by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners as well as the new look of the lobby, the Collins Room and the Blue Bar by Robert Angell. These developments take The Berkeley into a new era with an eclectic combination of designs from some of the world’s most formidable architects and designers, creating an overall aesthetic which fuses international inspiration with classic Britishness
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