The Mandrake

Conversion of redundant office buildings to an independent 34-room boutique hotel and restaurant in London’s Fitzrovia. The project is a unique example of how a redundant property can be brought back to life in new and surprising ways, respecting but boldly transforming the original fabric.

The hotel’s social ethos is enhanced through the porosity of the spaces; theatricality heightened by glimpsed and reflected views, inviting further exploration. The marble-floored courtyard is the social hub, offering an appreciation of the whole environment. Branching out from this centre, the new circulation arrangement stitches together elements of the original building with simply detailed new components.

Above the ground floor social hub is a private first floor terrace surrounded on all sides by a three-storey hanging garden of jasmine and passion flowers.

AHEAD Global 2019; Best Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces

Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards 2018; Shortlisted (Leisure)

International Hotel & Property Awards 2108; Best European Hotel

Mixology 2018 Awards; Hospitality Interiors Project of the Year

AHEAD Europe 2018; Best Landscaping & Outdoor Spaces

National Association of Shopfitters 2018 Design Partnership Award

London Restaurant Festival 2017 Awards; Most Inspiring Interior Design

Photography by Morgan O’Donovan, David Grandorge and Adrien Fouéré