'Sculpted darkness' comes to London

Sian
Wednesday 11 Jun 2014

Luxury hotel The Beaumont unveils crouching man designed by Antony Gormley

A Mayfair hotel will soon be inviting the first guests to spend the night in an angular crouching figure which perches to the south side of its façade. The Beaumont is located within walking distance of London’s Hyde Park and the retail delights of Bond Street, and will soon open its doors following a conversion project by Reardon Smith Architects in which a Grade II listed structure was redeveloped into a luxury hotel.

Due to open in autumn 2014, the Beaumont Hotel incorporates multiple extensions to the north and south, as well as additional levels (one on the roof and two basement floors). Arguably the most striking addition however is the habitable installation by artist Antony Gormley entitled ‘Room’. This squatting figure forms part of a hotel suite and is decorated internally with stainless steel and fumed oak.

Speaking on his design, Gormley commented: “I take the body as our primary habitat. ROOM contrasts a visible exterior of a body formed from large rectangular masses with an inner experience. The interior of ROOM is only 4 sq m but 10m high: close at body level, but lofty and open above. Shutters over the window provide total blackout and very subliminal levels of light allow me to sculpt darkness itself.”

He concludes: “My ambition for this work is that it should confront the monumental with the most personal, intimate experience.” Prices for the hotel room are yet to be released but The Guardian has reported that rates will be around the £2,500 mark. 

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