Designed in Hackney: Shoreditch Rooms
by Archer Architects


Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

Designed in Hackney: today's featured designers in our London borough of Hackney showcase are Archer Architects, who inserted a Corten steel-clad hotel behind the facade of a derelict pub in Shoreditch.

Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

The 26-room boutique hotel is part of the Shoreditch House private members club, located on Ebor Street just outside the southwest corner of the borough.

Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

Completed in 2012, the Corten steel extension adds an extra three storeys onto the roof of the old pub to bring the height of the building up to match that of its neighbours.

Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

Guests enter the hotel through a ground floor reception that leads to rooms upstairs as well as to a garden on the roof.

Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

The renovated building also includes a day spa called the Cowshed, which occupies the old bar area and the basement.

Shoreditch Rooms by Archer Architects

Archer Architects comprises a team of architects and designers, led by director Stephen Archer. Their studios are located in the Tea Building on the corner of Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green Road, almost next door to this project.

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Designed in Hackney is a Dezeen initiative to showcase world-class architecture and design created in the borough, which is one of the five host boroughs for the London 2012 Olympic Games as well as being home to Dezeen’s offices. We’ll publish buildings, interiors and objects that have been designed in Hackney each day until the games this summer.

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Photography is by Tim Soar.

  • and what does it look like inside?

  • Hmm…..hadn't heard of Corten Steel before so did a quick search and found:

    "it is possible that the protective patina may not stabilize but instead continue to corrode. Hawaii's Aloha Stadium, built in 1975, is one example of this. The former Omni Coliseum, built in 1972 in Atlanta, Georgia, never stopped rusting, and eventually large holes appeared in the structure. This was a major factor in the decision to demolish it just 25 years after construction. Weathering steel's normal surface weathering can also lead to rust stains on nearby surfaces."<b/>

    I think I'll give it a miss !