Foster + Partners designed ME Hotel opens in London

3 March 2013 (Last Updated March 3rd, 2013 18:30)

Melia has opened the ME Hotel in London, UK, designed by the architectural firm Foster + Partners.

ME Hotel in London

Melia has opened the ME Hotel in London, UK, designed by the architectural firm Foster + Partners.

The hotel is located at a triangular site on the corner of Aldwych and the Strand in London, which was once occupied by the Gaiety Theatre.

Situated adjacent to Marconi House, former home of the BBC, ME Hotel features 157 guest rooms and an elliptical tower on the corner.

The hotel has been designed to integrate with the adjacent 1904 Marconi House, whose interior has been rebuilt to accommodate 87 apartments.

Foster + Partners said that the glass cupola that tops the tower is a reinterpretation of the Edwardian-style domed roof across the street that houses the living space for the ME penthouse suite, with its 360-degree view of the city.

ME Hotel features a ground floor lounge, public restaurants and bar, and a lobby and champagne bar on the first floor, housed within a nine-storey high pyramidal space.

The guest rooms located on the eight and ninth floors of the hotel offers views of the River Thames, Covent Garden and the city skyline.

The hotel also features a roof top bar on the tenth floor, offering views of the River Thames and Westminster skyline.

Additional guest facilities are situated in the central atrium at lower ground level and include conference suites, a gym and a 25-seat screening room.

The hotel features a fitness centre and 500m² of meeting space in six rooms and one large function space.

Foster + Partners partner Giles Robinson said by designing the hotel inside and out, down to the last detail, the company was able to maintain a high level of quality and continuity.

"Inside, the bold black and white interior palette establishes a strong identity – we defined the individual character of each space through variations in tone, texture and scale," Robinson said.


Image: Foster + Partners-deigned ME Hotel features 157 guest rooms and an elliptical tower. Photo: Foster + Partners.