The Ampersand Hotel South Kensington The design concept takes inspiration from the nearby cultural district with the themes of botany, ornithology, astronomy, geometry and music intricately incorporated into the bespoke guest rooms and public areas. The hotel includes 111 guest rooms, the Drawing Room which serves afternoon tea and champagne cocktails and a destination bar and restaurant Apero.
Hilton London Bankside Penthouse Suite The spacious and quirky urban suite features custom made furnishings and light installations, dark oak parquet floors, statement art pieces and white marble bathrooms. The private outdoor rooftop terrace offers direct views of Tate Modern.
Hotel Du Vin, Stratford-upon-Avon The design features the traditional Hotel du Vin touches that the brand is known for, but with a contemporary update. Many elements are bespoke to the Stratford site, but providing a “golden thread” that will be taken forward to future projects. In the guestrooms, we used the period colours of the Georgian era alongside feature wallcovering referencing Shakespeare’s pathetic fallacy. In the public areas, much of the original brickwork of the Georgian townhouses is left exposed to create an expressive backdrop for the scheme. A rich colour palette influenced by the bespoke carpet, which takes its inspiration from the nearby Forest of Arden, is used throughout. Herringbone cross-sawn oak timber flooring links the old and new buildings and injects a traditional feel to contrast the contemporary furniture and detailing. The junctions between the new and old buildings are expressed by concealed lighting. Carefully located coffer lighting accentuates the texture of the existing brickwork and enhances feature metal ceiling tiles. Focused lighting in the joinery showcases key styling items such as locally-sourced vintage glassware that references the Hotel du Vin brand.
1-9 Peel Place Lillie Road The concept for the design of the houses is to create generous living spaces that are flooded with natural light and offer surprising spatial relationships between the inside and the outside. This is achieved through the physical connection between living areas and private courtyards arranged on multiple levels, as well as a continuous visual connection between the central atrium staircase and the outside amenity spaces. The external facades offer a play of quality materials, elegantly proportioned shapes, and protruding and recessed planes to provide unified architectural expressions across the mews whilst clearly identifying each property as an individual home.
The White Lion Restaurant and Bar, Bristol The redesigned composition of the bar has increased spatial efficiency; by moving the entrance slightly closer to that of the hotel and by replacing the old central bar structure with a new brass topped focal point bar in line with the wall. An iron antique style station clock hangs behind the bar with hanging spoked brass light fixtures resembling suspension. The walls have been painted charcoal grey, complemented by the brass topped bar and reclaimed artwork frames. The soft lighting, wooden tables and old original stained hardwood floors combine to create a cosy atmosphere, contrasting with a striking central mosaic feature floor. The bathrooms reflect the Victoriana era with mosaic tiled floors, inset porcelain basins, satin brass taps and antique mirrors.
The Mornington Bayswater The Mornington Hotel is a Grade II listed building located in a prime position. Only moments away from the entertainment and shops of Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Kensington, it provides a perfect base for both business and leisure travellers. The vision of the refurbishment was to rejuvenate the hotel and inject wit, charm and character into the Grade II listed building. The concept was based on creating a ‘country gentleman’s pied â terre’ through the satirical use of fabrics, pin stripes, herringbone, and elements such as the open fireplace and dark wood finishes. The scheme retains existing charismatic features, such as the panelled reception and library bar, and adds style and a hint of modernity by using contemporary fabrics and shapes. The Library Bar provides an eccentric feature and new heart to the hotel. The space has been reorganised and includes a new bar to provide an extended food & beverage offering. Accent lighting and contemporary furniture complete the setting.
Otkritie Arena FC Spartak Moscow The Otkritie Arena is the new home to FC Spartak Moscow and a key venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Dexter Moren Associates’ facade design provides a state of the art stadium which reflects the tradition and history of Moscow’s football club. The façade of the 47,000+ capacity stadium features around 600 giant glass shingles inspired by the Spartak diamond insignia to create an armour-like effect. The ‘armour’ follows the curves of the building in each direction creating an overall appearance evocative of the coloured and textured domes of traditional Moscow architecture. The exterior has also been designed to adapt to Moscow’s volatile weather conditions. The cladding wraps the stadium façade in a consistent lattice with translucent panels.
DMA started out in 1992 with just three people in a small Marylebone office. We’ve come a long way since then and now as a team of over 70, based in Camden Town, are widely recognised as one of London’s leading hospitality design studios. We work across the entire hospitality spectrum from limited service through to the luxury end for a wide range of leading international hoteliers, independent operators and developers. We place our design-led ethos of ‘creating places people want to stay’ at the heart of every project we do whether it be a hotel, resort, residential development or sports stadium.