This eight storey hotel creates a dynamic new presence along Union Street, the main pedestrian route from Southwark Station to Tate Modern at Bankside. The building incorporates two very different elevational languages which relate directly to the surrounding context. Located adjacent to the Palestra,
DMA’s objectives were to achieve a design that would not compete, but rather pick up on its nuances and rhythm to create a landmark building in its own right. This has been achieved by using silver metal clad modules with blue vertical window trims in a staggered rhythm. A corner projection fronting Union and
Gambia Streets adds further interest. The rear elevations fronting rail viaducts have been designed as robust brick facades with regimented windows framed with blue metal hoods. At street level the building features a tall glazed ground floor designed as subdivisible commercial outlets.