Royal London House Finsbury Square

Client. Montcalm Hotel Group
Location. Finsbury Square, London
Value & Size. £15 million / 256 Key Hotel
Services. Architecture / Interiors
Status. Completed

Royal London House Finsbury Square

Client. Montcalm Hotel Group
Location. Finsbury Square, London
Value & Size. £15 million / 256 Key Hotel
Services. Architecture / Interiors
Status. Completed

We were the appointed architect for the upgrade of the existing office building Royal London House, 22-25 Finsbury Square, London Borough of Islington and its change of use to a five-star hotel of 256 rooms, including extension at roof level. The completed scheme contains business services and leisure facilities as well as a destination restaurant.

Royal London House is locally listed and is partly within the Islington Bunhill Fields and Finsbury Square Conservation Area. There are also a number of statutory listed buildings of special architectural or historic interest within the vicinity of the site.

The new built form at roof level has been designed to complement the scale and character of the existing building and restore a greater sense of balance to the overall composition of locally listed buildings located along the north side of Finsbury Square. The extension responds with great consideration to the rhythm and scale of the existing building. The design of the new elements, in terms of their positioning, form, massing, scale, height and use of materials, has been devised in order to establish a visually distinct and complimentary relationship with the retained stone faced façade of the existing building below.

The design recognises the opportunity for different appearance of the façade between daytime and night-time. This is expressed by mediating between an emphasised colonnade during the day which gradually softens in the evening merging into a back lit glazed clerestory.

Concept Sketch
Initial Site Visit
Public Consultation Meeting
Site Plan
Elevation Drawing

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