The Wellesley, a luxury boutique hotel in London, has announced plans for a June project that will see its façade transformed with a striking new look.
The hotel has appointed artist and designer Lee Simmons plus Make Architects to create a new sculptural screen for the front of the property, which sits opposite Hyde Park Corner.
The artwork will house the hotel’s cigar terraces and will be designed as a functional work of art, with each terrace comprising a transparent structure of clear-glass columns and beams, topped by a fully glazed glass canopy.
The project is due to start in June and be completed by the end of the year.
The building was originally constructed in 1920 to house the Hyde Park Corner Tube Station. It is famous for its original frontage, a distinctive red tiled façade by Lesley Green and its Art Deco interior which was restored when the building opened as The Wellesley in 2012.
Ken Shuttleworth, Make’s Founding Partner said: “It’s great to expand our portfolio of hospitality work, here in London, especially on such a fantastic heritage building. With their protective panels and permeable screen, the terraces are private and transparent at once. They’re set to make a significant addition to The Wellesley as well as the Belgravia Conservation Area at large – one that reflects the natural beauty of Hyde Park and reveals the character of Knightsbridge’s architectural history.”