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Rare Architecture transforms town hall with laser-cut aluminium skin

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS + PROJECT DATA] Paris-based Rare Architecture has completed its £17 million transformation of the 1910 Bethnal Green Town Hall into a 98-room hotel

The Grade II-listed building, located in the heart of London’s east end, has a laser-cut aluminium ‘skin’ masking a new floor added to the existing structure.

Many original features have been retained, including several sculptures by Henry Poole.


Project data

Architects: RARE Architecture
Location: Bethnal Green, London
Type Of Project: Hotel & Conference facilities, Fine Dining Restaurant
Structural Engineers: O’Connor Sokolowski Partnership
Project Architect: Michel da Costa Gonçalves & Nathalie Rozencwajg
Design Team: Carl Greaves, Coralie Huon, Agata Borecka, Julien Mirada, Luca de Gaetano, Anne Paillard, Julien Loiseau, Claude Ballini, Taeho Kim, Duncan Geddes, Calvin Chua, Kai  Ong
Client: Respite Management
Funding: NA
Tender date: May 2008
Start on site date: November 2008
Contract duration: 16 months
Gross internal floor area: 8900 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design & Build
Total cost: NA        
M&e consultant:
Mendick Waring
Quantity surveyor: Barrie Tankel Partnership
Planning supervisor: Prospect planning
Lighting consultant: Jonathan Cole Lighting
Main contractor: MP Brothers Ltd
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Promet, Schuco, Euroclad (Extension + Skin), Viabizzuno, Modular (Lights), Corian, Alesta (Coating), Fiske (Furniture)
Annual co2 emissions: NA

Readers' comments (2)

  • 4kitect

    boring, dull and depressing... supposed to be reinventing not degrading.

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    Perforated metal is an ideal material for a second skin and I think this job looks great having seen it in the flesh. Maybe 4kitect should get a train from north wales and go and take a look.

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