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The Waterhouse / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

The project is comprised of two buildings: a hotel and an event warehouse.   For the hotel, Neri & Hu created 19 rooms, with a rooftop bar and a restaurant.  Interestingly, the private and public spaces are switched –  ”Guests grazing through the buildings public areas are granted vantage points into private space, while guests taking respite in what would conventionally be secluded space are able to observe the public realm while doing so.”  The architects felt this concept would result in a more exciting hotel experience, and provide a strong identifying mark for the hotel.

© Designhotel
© Designhotel

As the name suggests, the event space was a former warehouse. This rennovation maintains the warehouse’s shell, tying in the building’s industrial roots while staying true to the neighborhood’s historic past. The 8,000 square-foot (743 sqm) multi-function warehouse boasts a double-storey ceiling and a flexible, easy-to-convert layout, making it perfect for a wide range of events, including product launches, fashion shows, cexhibitions, and weddings.

© Pedro Pegenaute
© Pedro Pegenaute

By working within the framework of the old, Neri and Hu have created a contemporary vision that is still linked to the context. As seen on blog.bellostes. Images  courtesy of designhotel or Pedro Pegenaute as noted.

© Designhotel
© Designhotel
Cite:Karen Cilento. "The Waterhouse / Neri & Hu Design and Research Office" 29 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/66592/the-waterhouse-neri-hu-design-and-research-office/>