Location: London City
Date: 2013-2021
Client: 4C Hotel Group
Status: Completed
Size: 15,500m² 342 hotel rooms
Concept Design: Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Monica Capitanio, Alia Centofanti, Anna Czigler, Lauren Evans, Catherine Hennessy, Katrina Hollis, Friedrich Ludewig, Flora Martinet, Matteo Modenese, Paolo Moretto, Elisha Nathoo, Ioana Petrova, Charles Pigott, Melanie Richardson, David Rieser, Gemma Serra, Penny Sperbund, Azizah Sulor, Nathalie Vanderiet, Laura Vitzthum, Tommy Yu  

Detail Design: Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Monica Capitanio, Anna Czigler, Friedrich Ludewig, Flora Martinet, Matteo Modenese, Paolo Moretto, Elisha Nathoo, Jolanda Putri, Penny Sperbund, Thomas Soo, Azizah Sulor, Laura Vitzthum, Hexuam Yu

Construction: Luka Anic, Michel Bosauder, Catherine Hennessy, Kevin Leung, Elli Liverakou, Friedrich Ludewig,  Miguel Martin, Eleni Meladaki, Matteo Modenese, Daniel Ovalle Costal, Maria Perez Vera, Charles Pigott, Jolanda Putri, Thomas Soo, Azizah Sulor 

Client’s Agent & Project Manager: Future54
Structural Engineer: AKT II / Curtins 
Services Engineer: RED Engineering / TClarke
Fire Engineer: BB7
Acoustic Consultant: Cole Jarman
Landscape Architect: Space-Hub
Sustainability Consultant: Stroma
Accessibility Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
Lighting Consultant: Nulty / TClarke
Access and Maintenance Consultant: Reef Associates
F&B Specialist: Humble Arnold Associates / Court Catering
Facade Consultant: Murphy Facade Studio
Planning: Gerald Ev

John Athimaritis

A new Canopy by Hilton hotel is inserted in the refurbished and extended old Aon Insurance offices. 
Canopy is new brand by Hilton, aiming to create more neighbourhood-specific, design and destination-led aspirational hotels. The Minories neighbourhood has a very rich history spanning 2000 years, from the first Roman settlement to successive waves of immigrants, from French Huguenots around 1690 to eastern European Jews in 1850, Bangladeshi migrants around 1960 and the artist community since 1900.
The interior design of the hotel rooms seeks to stay true to the late modernist origins of the existing concrete frame, exposing the waffle slab ceiling where possible in the rooms. Room shelving is designed in the spirit of Jean Prouvé as lightweight steel and timber structures, temporarily inserted between floors and ceilings. Carpets and wall fabrics are inspired by the woven legacy of the Huguenots, using an abstracted floral pattern of Anna Maria Garthwaite (1728-1763). The concrete façade of the building has been overclad in anodized aluminium, and that formal language has been re-interpreted as timber canopies for the hotel beds. Around the corner of the hotel is Freedom Press, the Anarchist Publisher founded in 1886, and Whitechapel Art Gallery, opened in 1901 as one of the first publicly funded galleries, which has supported local and challenging art over the last 100 years. A letterpress tray is curated for each room containing new works by local artists and objects found in Petticoat Lane Market.