When The Hoxton opened its doors in 2006, it represented a welcome wake-up-call for London’s hotel guests – and a revolution for London’s hoteliers. From that moment there was no longer any need to sacrifice style for budget: The Hoxton combines destination sleeping, drinking and dining with rates that start from £1 a night.
Built from new on the site of an old car park, set on the fringes of the City and a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street railway station, the luxury East London hotel was planned meticulously right from the start. From the rubble rose a hotel phenomena.
With its luxe-industrial look and laid-back ambience allows the luxury London hotel to sit easily in the up-and-coming district from which it takes its name. Its sharp interiors, classily casual restaurant and bar, and quirky details, conjure up an enticing and distinct style.
Over the six upper floors, each of the 205 guest rooms is cleverly designed to maximise comfort, space and style. Puffy duck-down duvets and 300 thread count linen deck the beds with their money-no-object mattresses. Sandy walls are mercifully bare of prints and posters, instead etched with a relief study of the City of London’s skyline.
At the luxury London hotel, which is perfectly positioned for those heading to the games in East London, they are loathe to take advantage of visitors to city and are instead welcoming them to The Hoxton on their usual rates….and a very special £1 sale!
At midday on June, 26, five rooms for every night of the Olympics (from July 1 to September 30) will go on sale for just £1.
For reservations or bookings visit hoxtonhotels.com.
Kranj-based design studio Coodo has launched a series of contemporary modular prefabricated units that can be bought separately or combined together to make various personalised and practical items.According to Coodo: “At present we are noticing growing changes in people’s lifestyles that call for new forms of dwelling. The space is becoming more and more valuable and residential architecture is rapidly changing, from building classic family houses to making smaller prefabricated residence buildings that are thoughtfully designed, made of excellent contemporary materials and have much greater connection to nature surrounding it. In such spaces the quality of life improves immensely.”
All of their units were designed with a special consideration with the possibility of placing them in different surroundings such as natural scenes to different landscapes, architectural environments, different climates and allowing buyers to customise them according to their own needs. The group of contemporary modular units consists of multifunctional pavilion, pergola, summer kitchen, mobile living units and a residential building. You are able to customise your unit by choosing the the facade material, colour and texture.
The units are named as My – My Cuisine summer kitchen, My Shade pergola, My Leisure pavilion, My Vacation mobile living unit and My Home residential building.
My Cuisine Summer Kitchen
Combines contemporary interior design, functionality and premium materials. It can be used as a standalone element or attached to My Leisure Pavilion, Shade pergola or any other pre-existing structure of your choice.
The multifunctional grill is uniquely designed to allow meals to be prepared in various ways, on a metal plate or grill, heated by gas or lava rocks. There are drawers for storing cookware on the whole front side of the kitchen unit.
The unit consists of three parts: the sides (kitchen sink and counter) are made of white corian, while the casing of the middle part (grill) is of enamelled metal. All materials are suitable for outdoor use.
My Shade Pergola
Can be used as a standalone element inside your garden or adjacent to a house, or it can be joined with My Leisure pavilion. It can be used as a cosy terrace, an outdoor kitchen with sitting area, lounge, playground and so forth.
The roof can be installed with glass panels for protection against the elements, or with a fabric canopy or climber plants of your choice for shade.
My Leisure Pavilion
This is a prefabricated multipurpose unit, serving a wide range of uses, private as well as public. My Lesiure can be a be used as summer kitchen, lounge, children’s playground, fair exhibition space, open bar and so forth.
Glazing the pavilion offers even more usage possibilities – it can become an office, café, greenhouse/conservatory, sauna, fitness room, kiosk, showroom etc. Also other types of enclosure with different panel walls can be installed.
You can join several individual My Lesiure units together to make a larger space, attach it to the pergola My Shade, or combine it with the My Cuisine summer kitchen.
My Vacation 28, My Vacation 33 and My Vacation 43 Mobile Living Units
Are contemporary designed mobile summer houses, which are, due to advanced technical solutions, highly adaptable to various climates and thus suitable for any chosen location.
The units are, with its glazed living space in combination with corian / alucobond / polyester / alucore facade and wooden pergola, designed in a way that allows it to fit excellently in diverse environments, from uninhabited natural landscapes to urban centers.
All the contemporary mobile homes are fully furnished with custom made furniture, whose design follows curvy shapes of the units. Each unit can be customised and turned energy self-sufficient. The units are equipped with distant monitoring system (a.k.a. smart house).
My Home Residential Building
Is a prefabricated house that you can configure according to your needs. It is built of separate units, each of them representing a different living space (bedroom, living room, children’s room, bathroom, maintenance /laundry /utility and staircase. The units can be combined horizontally and vertically).
Apart from the appealing visual image, the mobile units offer users great comfort. The shape of the unit, with its curvy lines, is pleasant and calming comparing to the rigidity of the classic sharp edges. The panoramic windows allow plenty of light and offer great connection to the exterior. One of the biggest advantages is the modularity of all the products.
The uniform shape makes them very easy to combine, giving you the freedom of creating spaces based upon your own ideas.
Auckland-based design studio Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects has designed the Wanaka House project, the single-storey contemporary property can be found in Wanaka, New Zealand.
According to the architects: The contemporary New Zealand house was conceived as objects on the land, immersing the user in the surrounding natural landscape and the changing seasons.
“The house is low slung and nestled into the landscape, wedged into a gentle gully on the site, allowing for privacy from surrounding dwellings and protection from the northwesterly wind. The contemporary New Zealand property is elegant and transparent, an object touching the land lightly.
“The garage to the east is disconnected from the main house allowing for a modulation of the built forms in the landscape. This is also the entry point to the house, moving between the timber garage wall along a sculpted gabion wall. Steel sections placed in this wall provide light shafts into the east of the house.
“The property is to be enjoyed throughout the year, socially and as a retreat from hectic city life.”
Toronto-based design studio Bortolotto Design Architect have designed the Urban Ravine House. The contemporary property can be found in Toronto’s Summerhill neighbourhood, Canada.
According to the architects: “The original 1,600 square foot, darkly traditional, staid 2 1/2 storey house was designed without consideration of its breathtaking ravine site. Today, sits a 4,000 square foot, four-storey contemporary Canadian home that is oriented at all four levels to the natural beauty of the ravine to the south, with views to the city’s towers during the winter months and with views of a natural forest in the summer months. The house now has two faces, the traditional one facing the street and a modern one open to the ravine.
“The driving concept in the design of the contemporary Toronto house is to connect it to the outside world. At the rear of the house which faces south, the inside is connected to the rear yard ravine through views to the spectacular landscape, the city and sky, and through outdoor decks and steps that lead down the sloped forested yard. As well, natural light is introduced to the centre of the house from the roof to the ground floor through a continuous vertical opening of a glass and wood central staircase via a skylight.
“With design emphasis on openness and brightness, the fluidity of the contemporary Toronto property is reinforced by opening it up to natural light with glazing on the south side, the use of translucent walls and surfaces, and a double height space that serves the main living area; the family room. Overhangs at the south side are introduced to keep direct sunlight from entering through the glazing during summer months.”
Double Way-based Bruce Stafford Architects have designed the A House Vaucluse. This contemporary property can be found in a suburb of Sydney, Australia.
According to the architects: “The contemporary Sydney home is situated on a narrow site with waterfront at one short end and parkland along the long northerly side. The prime design generator was to frame the various view opportunities from the moment one arrived off the street, by creating a range of different spaces, all connected to a central vertical and horizontal circulation spine on the long axis of the site. This resulted in a series of courtyards and volumetric experiences until arriving at the edge of the infinity pool.
“The courtyard and double volume living area allow other spaces to ‘borrow’ views by looking through them. The use of natural, textural finishes was core to the design brief as the clients wanted a warm, earthy aesthetic. Rich stone elements such as backlit Onyx and dry stacked quartz stone walls provide highlights in the material palette of this contemporary Australian home.