Location: London, UK
Date: 2017
Client: Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts
Status: Concept Design
Size: 21.000 m2 total GIA
Credits: ACME Team (Christoph Emenlauer, Katrina Hollis, Friedrich Ludewig, Edoardo Milli,Thomas Soo, Jack Taylor, Antonio Torres Tebar)

CONSULTANTS: Peter Stewart Consultancy, Savills


The Carlton Hotel opened in 1960 as London’s pre-eminent luxury hotel, and boasts a commanding location in Knightsbridge on the corner of Sloane Street and Cadogan Place. One of very few tall buildings at the time, the Carlton Tower offered outstanding views over Chelsea and Hyde Park.

Over the years, the owners and operators, as well as the hotel interiors, have changed several times, failing to keep up with the competition. To recapture its original position within the London scene, the building height has been extended by three floors to create additional penthouse suites. All internal floors have been replanned to increase room sizes, and the original small windows have been increased into full height bay windows to emphasis the amazing southern facing views across town.

A small ground floor column feature the remains from the original 1960s’ building has been reinterpreted to organise the public floors of the building facing Cadogan Place. Green marble columns and double height curved glass walls structure the drop-off, foyer, chinoiserie, restaurants and meeting areas into one welcoming feature space. The floor finish internally and externally has been replanned, to create a fluid transition between the gardens of Cadogan Place, the pavement, and the foyer.