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 World Awards - Best Hotel Landscaping 2019 - Winner

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Overall 2018 - Runner Up

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Landscaping 2018 - Winner

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Urban Conversion 2018 - Shortlisted

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Public Space 2018 - Shortlisted

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Bar 2018 - Shortlisted

Ahead European Awards - Best Hotel Branding 2018 - Shortlisted

GQ Awards - Best Bar 2019 - Shortlisted

GQ Awards - Best Hotel 2018 - Shortlisted

Mixology Award 2018 - Best Hospitality Design - Winner

Restaurant & Bar Design Awards 2018 - Best Bar in a Hotel - Shortlisted

Architects Journal Retrofit Awards 2018 - Best Hospitality Project - Shortlisted

National Association of Shopfitters Design Partnership Awards 2018 - Best Overall Project Award - Winner

National Association of Shopfitters Design Partnership Awards 2018 - Lifestyle Award - Winner

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