Design studio Doone Silver Kerr (DSK) has designed a new ‘aparthotel’ for Stow Projects and Ciel Capital, located at 137-139 Lower Marsh, Waterloo and situated within the Lower Marsh Conservation Area. Responding to the demands for more flexible living trends in Central London, the project blends the design qualities of a boutique hotel with the privacy of an apartment to provide adaptable, high-qualityurban accommodation where city dwellers can live, work, eat and sleep.
With a focus on simplicity, robustness and durability, the innovative 5-storey modular development consists of 20 rooms/apartments, each formed from a recycled 30ft shipping container. The refined interior shells of the containers are clad with self-finished surfaces such as stone and stained and natural plywood, optimising high-performance materials to maximise internal dimensions, durability and longevity. The containers are designed to function as self-contained, independent structures - DSK undertook extensive research to ensure each room meets appropriate building regulations DSK has optimised the space, use and function of each room with a simple, restrained configuration, detailed with high-quality, natural finishes such as timber and marble. The efficient use of space enables the provision of a kitchen – complete with dishwasher, sink, microwave, portable hotplate, and a set of cutlery, crockery and saucepans. The bed is designed to be multi-functional, with wall cushions to adapt for TV viewing. DSK has also employed a muted colour palette that subtly shifts from light to dark to evoke a greater sense of space, and to further ensure guest comfort by preventing a ‘tunnel effect’ sensation.
A key element of the design was to embrace the surrounding urban environment, with the semi-enclosed back of the hotel enabling guests to view the wide skyline of London’s Southbank area, including landmarks such as the London Eye. However, given the proximity of the South Western Main Line immediately adjacent to the hotel’s rear, DSK’s design includes various measures to carefully mitigate against vibrations and sound. Specialised acoustic rubber pads of varying densities have been applied to each floor and the practice has specified doors that address both acoustic and security issues. The hotel’s exterior employs a striking façade of projecting fins, applied as a sculptural, welded steel screen that assists both privacy and solar-shading.
Providing the hotel with a distinctive identity, the faceted screen alters the appearance of the building when viewed from different angles, the deep orange interior facet of each fin referencing the weathering steel of shipping containers. The windows to each apartment comprise a simple, fixed high-performance
laminated double-glazed unit, with a halftone frit to obscure the lower part of the window for privacy. At ground floor level, a reception area and wine bar (Unwined) offer an exciting new destination for locals and visitors to Lower Marsh.
Material Used :
1. Jotun - Coatings– Hardtop AX
2. Schueco - Aluminium windows / doors AWS/ADS 70 HI
3. Guardian - Glass - Sunguard Diamond HD 66
4. Carl Stahl – Balustrades - Carl Stahl Xtend Balustrades
5. TVS Acoustics - Acoustic isolation pads - HRB 3000, HRB 6000, Sylodyn NF
6. Kone – Lift – Monospace 500
7. Curtis Contract Furniture - Bespoke plywood furniture
8. Viega - WC’s - Catalano Wall hung WC, Eco Plus concealed cistern
9. Kaldewei – Sanitaryware - Superplan shower tray/ Puro wash handbasin
10. Crosswater - Brassware- Mpro series