Practice’s grand lobby project completes at top London hotel / by rachel

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 compliment 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.

Director of Interior Design Theo Nicolaou said: “Completion of this high-profile project is testament to the skills, expertise and experience of our world-class interior designers working in close partnership with the client, with whom we have delivered a number of major projects. The scheme is now part of our global portfolio of hospitality and interior design projects, which is growing with major hotel projects on the ground in countries including Brazil, India and China.”

Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces, which comprising The Indian Hotels Company Limited and its subsidiaries, is recognised as one of Asia’s largest and finest hotel companies.

Incorporated by the founder of the Tata Group, Mr. Jamsetji N. Tata, the company opened its first property, The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, in Bombay in 1903. The Taj, a symbol of Indian hospitality, completed its centenary year in 2003.

Today, Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces comprises 93 hotels in 55 locations across India, with an additional 16 international hotels in the Maldives, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East.

Throughout the development of the company it has sought to infuse a sense of Indian heritage and culture in its property, while also anticipating the needs and desires of the sophisticated traveller which, over the years, has won it international acclaim for its quality hotels and its excellence in business facilities, services, cuisine and interiors.