WATG reuses existing urban fabric to create new and exciting experiences
Cities constantly evolve. They respond to the needs of the time, economies, politics, climate. Buildings become obsolete, fall into disuse, change in use, decay or even become demolished. As a result urban spaces constantly become available and these spaces become opportunities for relevant use and await re-inhabiting.
The structure of many 20th Century concrete framed buildings is stripped back to frame, floor slabs and vertical cores. The sense of place of the city is captured by salvaging features of value. These retain the city’s character and historic reference and can become the spaces that are re-inhabited by the hotel of tomorrow.
The street level of this building in London is opened up to create the public areas of the hotel: creating the social hub, point of information and reference for guest, passing traveller or local inhabitant of the city. The hotel is integrated into the neighbouring community network by utilising and supporting local resources reducing kitchen, laundry and storage areas utilising local restaurants, outsourcing laundry services and encouraging local business.
The upper levels of the building form an open structural frame into which guest rooms are then inserted. A lightweight system of square section building blocks create the guest room walls, bed platforms, shelves, and desks which grow out of the structure.
The hotel can be a temporary establishment, as the components are dismantled and new spaces can be inhabited. A hotel can be set up for an event, located into a new available space and moved again if that structure reignites its original use. Alternatively the remaining building structure can be given back to the community and become a new vertical green park within the fabric of the city. The components can be constantly dismantled transported and re-assembled in a new location and the building is ready to re-inhabit once again.