Gallery: London’s Metal-Clad Town Hall Hotel is a Radical Renovation of...

Bringing the old town hall in East London back from dormancy meant not just fixing it up, but giving the abandoned historic building a fresh new identity. The property was first constructed in 1910, however after an extensive addition in 1937 the building
 
Bringing the old town hall in East London back from dormancy meant not just fixing it up, but giving the abandoned historic building a fresh new identity. The property was first constructed in 1910, however after an extensive addition in 1937 the building fell on hard times -- until its recent renovation into a modern hotel and conference center. Rare Architects looked closely at the heritage of the building while developing a modern interior and a striking skin composed of laser-cut metal. The result is an unusual synthesis of art deco and modern design that bravely crosses the centennial span of the celebrated building.

The Edwardian town hall on Cambridge Heath Road fell on hard times in the 90’s, when the neo-classical building was rarely used save as a shooting location for films. It was bought by a hotel developer, and the building has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis that kept the classic interior kept intact while wrapping the exterior with a modern metal skin.

The design exhibits an interesting approach to working with historic architecture — it is contemporary yet it echoes the original design aesthetic (which was honored by the historical building society).

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