The project scope was the full conversion of the existing Saint Georges Hotel on Langham Place in London into the world’s first Treehouse Hotel. Working with the brand owners, SH Hotels & Resorts and the hotel owner/developer Cairn Group, we were tasked to design and create a place that feels more home than hotel, an oasis that refreshes, inspires and delights, in Marylebone – one of London’s most vibrant neighbourhoods.
The development comprises a ground floor entrance and lift lobby with coffee bar, 95 guest rooms, including 15 suites, over floors nine to fourteen, a 15th floor bar and restaurant and a roof extension housing a new 16th floor VIP rooftop bar with wrap around terrace and stunning views of London.
Every detail is imagined through the carefree, optimistic lens of childhood and balanced with distinctly modern sensibility. The hotel features an abundance of unique surprises, charming amenities and thoughtful programming: cosy guest rooms with cuckoo clocks and sleeping bag throws, resident horticulturists who give tours of local gardens, books clubs and poetry slams.
Treehouse has sustainability at the heart of its philosophy, and this was an integral part of the design brief. Encompassing everything from initial concept design and meticulous detailing through to carefully curated FF&E specification, sustainability was at the core of every decision. With reclaimed wood and exposed rafters complimented by found objects, handmade details and locally sourced treats, Treehouse champions sustainability and strives to optimise eco-conscious operations within its city setting.
The standout feature of Treehouse London is certainly the rooftop bar and terrace with prime views over the incredible London skyline. The urban surroundings are balanced with the warmth of natural materials, hand crafted details, upcycled furniture and found objects.
The material palette is natural wherever possible with a real focus on urban sustainability. The entrance has been clad in natural timber shingles offering a contrast to the grey concrete cladding of the original building. The check-in counter on the 15th floor features a wooden mosaic with festoon lighting, bringing the outdoors from roots to canopy. All of the rooms are perched high in the city skyline and feature big bay windows that look out to some of London’s most iconic landmarks.
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