Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Backpacker Hotel in Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London by Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

August 29th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

Paul McAneary Architects announce the design of the first Backpacker Hotel, a new concept that combines the luxury of boutique hotels with the spirit of international backpacking. This sustainable project on Kingsland Road Hoxton, London, in the heart of the fashionable district, ‘recycles’ the existing architecture adding a new public bar and shop.

Image Courtesy Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

  • Architect: Paul McAneary Architects Ltd
  • Project: Backpacker Hotel
  • Location: Kingsland Road, Hoxton, London
  • Project Architect: Paul McAneary
  • Starting Date: 2012
  • Completion Date: TBC
  • Area: 1500sqm (existing) 1600 (estimated)
  • Design Team: Paul McAneary Architects Ltd
  • Supplier: The Expanded Metal Company

Image Courtesy Paul McAneary Architects Ltd

The client requested a change of use of the former shutdown nightclub, including the reconfiguration and extension of the existing building with all the most up to date technological facilities expected by the new generation of backpackers. Paul McAneary Architects responded to the brief by proposing a ‘hybrid accommodation’ that is affordable and unique in design at the same time. With this innovative approach, the budget hostel meets the boutique hotel.

The proposed design adds a double height space to the existing building and places an expanded corten mesh screen in front of the facade. This fine steel grid allows the light flowing into the depth of the building and limits the visibility from the street level assuring more privacy to the customers-clients. It unites the 5 existing buildings into one coherent branded hotel and acts as balustrade protection.

The original Victorian facade is retained and enhanced by the sculptural rusty see-through steel curtain. The rusty shade of the steel creates beautiful reflections during the day while at night, it perfectly blends and glows with the London orange street lights. The result is visually striking: urban and sophisticated at the same time.

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