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Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green

 Redeveloped into a 5-star hotel, serviced apartments and conference facilities, the sensitive contemporary design aims to preserve the listed building’s original features while integrating contemporary inserts such as a new roof extension. This extension is not devised as an add-on, but rather as an abstracted veil offering a striking background to the existing buildings. Our guiding concept resides in the development and use of traditional techniques and motifs within cutting edge design and manufacturing technologies to give a new life to this outstanding and eclectic structure.

The Design Process

Architects: DROO + NAME
Project Architect: Michel da Costa Gonçalves (DROO) & Nathalie Rozencwajg (NAME)
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

Structural Engineers: O'Connor Sokolowski Partnership LLP
M&E Consultant: Mendick Waring Ltd
Quantity surveyor: Barrie Tankel Partnership
Historic Consultant: Priory Heritage
Planning supervisor: Prospect planning
Lighting consultant: Jonathan Cole Lighting

Main contractor: MP Brothers Ltd
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Promet (Stucture), Schuco (Curtain wall), Euroclad (Extension + Skin), Viabizzuno (Lights), Modular (Lights), Corian (Solid surface), Alesta (Coating), Fiske (Furniture); The Scagliola Company (repair & restoration in rare stone); Plasterite Ltd (Plaster restoration), Environ (acoustic enclosures); HATT (Kitchens)

Client: Mastelle (Zinc House)
Completion: 2011

Area: 9 000m2
SQM of panels on façade: 970
Linear meters of façade: 300

Ed Reeve of Edit Photo
Sue Barr

Supplier's List
List of products specified.

Furniture: Fiske (Fiske Sdn Bhd)


  • Viabizzuno (Viabizzuno inlondra, 122 great titchfield street , w1w 6st London
    tel. +44 (0) 2076369065 -
  • Modular (Modular Lighting Instruments
    22-24 St.Giles High Street WC2H 8TA London
    tel. +44 (0)20 7681 9933 - )
  • Deltalights (DELTALIGHT UK
    94 Webber Street Waterloo London SE1 0QN
    tel. +44 (0) 870 757 7087 -
  • Iguzzini
  • Flos

Surfaces & coatings by Dupont:

  • Corian
  • Alesta (aluminium powder coating)


  • Westleigh (crittal windows) (11-13 Spa Road, London, SE16 3RB
    tel. 020-7232-0030, - web:
  • Shueco


  • Dornbracht (Dornbracht Uk Ltd
    Unit 8 and 9 Bow Court, Fletchworth Gate, Coventry CV5 6SP
    tel. +44 (0) 2476718905
  • Duravit
  • Victoria & Albert (Victoria & Albert Baths
    Waterloo Road, Ketley, Telford. TF1 5BA. Royaume-Uni tél: +44 19 52 22 11 00 -


Curtains & blinds:

  • Philip Cowans (Philip Cowan Interiors Ltd
    Enterprise Park, Sutterton, Lincs PE20 2JA tel. +44 (0) 1205 461111 -


  • Randi

Founded by Michel Da Costa Goncalves and Amrita Mahindroo, DROO Architecture is a RIBA and RICS Award-winning practice operating worldwide from our offices in London, Paris and Melbourne.

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