Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • JustFacades.com

    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.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs

AJ Jobs