Canopy by Hilton Makes London DebutWill Speros • February 2, 2018
International architecture and design firm ACME has completed work on the first Canopy by Hilton location in London. Located in the central Aldgate section of the city, the hotel is part refurbishment, part new construction, with designs for contemporary interiors inspired by the surrounding area.
The 342 guestrooms stay true to the modernist building with a wardrobe inspired by Jean Prouvé, featuring lightweight steel and timber structures temporarily inserted between floors and ceilings. Carpets and wall fabrics are inspired by the woven traditions of the Huguenots with abstracted floral patterns. Fabrics and bespoke furniture, including bed canopies, chaise loungers, and side tables, populate the interior. ACME also collaborated with Dais Contemporary to adorn the hotel with a variety of local artwork.
“We enjoyed the opportunity to define the look and feel of the UK’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel,” says ACME director Friedrich Ludewig. “The original 1977 building with its complex façade has been a great stage to work within. Each of the new fixtures and fittings for the guestroom have been developed using local discreet Aldgate and Whitechapel references, creating a guest experience rooted in the history of context of East London.”