Richmond International and Antony Gormley (2013-14)
Barely 2 blocks from Oxford Street in Mayfair, London is the Beaumont Hotel. The original building, designed in 1935 by Wimperis and Simpson, was formerly the Macy’s Garage, and became a Grade II listed building in 2009.
The rich, restrained refurbishment, completed in 2014 for Corbin & King, is by Richmond International. However the most intriguing and striking part of the new hotel is ‘ROOM’ an installation by Antony Gormley. Looking like one of his block composition sculptures for a seated figure at a monumental scale, it is both an artwork and a luxury suite.
The entry, living area and bathroom of the suite are all within the fabric of the original building, with a staircase rising up to the bedroom located within the Gormley addition. While clad externally in stainless steel, internally it is a dark, moody space of only 4 square metres that rises 10m high. With minimal lighting and rich dark brown timber on the walls and ceiling, Gormley has written about his desire to create ‘a retreat, a place of peace, with a feeling of being fully enclosed but not cut off from outside.’ It is a dark, cave-like space truly allowing you to retreat from the outside world, although a pair of large windows can be opened over the bed should one want to look out at the sky or just let in some natural light.
Architect: Richmond International
Artist: Antony Gormley
Photographer: Stephen Varady
Review: The Telegraph (13 February 2014)
Map: Beaumont Hotel Map
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