Whitworth Locke是Grzywinski + Pons设计的位于英国曼彻斯特的酒店，拥有160间客房，一层设有酒吧、咖啡厅和共享工作空间。这个适应性再利用项目是一个附加建筑，一个大胆的更新改造，是曼彻斯特中心一个岛式场地中三座相连建筑集合体的综合性装修翻新工程，建筑立面分别面对着Princess 街, Whitworth街和Rochedale运河.
Whitworth Locke is a 160 room hotel with a bar, cafe, lounge and co-working space at the ground floor that we designed in Manchester, England. This adaptive reuse project was an addition, complete gut renovation and comprehensive fit out of a collection of three linked buildings on an island site in Central Manchester with elevations on Princess Street, Whitworth Street, and the Rochedale Canal.
▼Whitworth Locke酒店外观，exterior of the Whitworth Locke hotel
The hotel is comprised of three linked blocks, Heritage assets all, that were built in separate phases: Central House, Dominion House and Johnson House. This commission had special resonance for us as the beautiful former textile warehouses and showroom were highly reminiscent of some of the earliest work we did designing interventions to 19th century masonry buildings — functional and stylistic contemporaries to these Mancunian structures — in our native New York City. The proportions, materials, textures and quality of light we inherited felt a bit like home and demanded to be exalted. Our alteration of the property was principally driven by the intent to preserve and celebrate the richness of the historic 19th Century building fabric whilst obliterating a poor previous alteration to the building from the 1980’s, all while creating a distinct new language commensurate to the new life and purpose we hoped to foster within. We paid special attention to the thresholds into the building and the dialogue between our interventions and the beauty of the Victorian blocks.
At the center of the three blocks we removed previous alterations and simplified the glazed barrel volume of the atrium to maximize transparency of the assembly and in turn reestablish the vestigial visibility of the elevations of Central and Dominion Houses on to what was formerly a little road called Galbraith Street. We finished the structure in color we found tonally close to Manchester skies, and as such regressive, deferential to the both the prominence of the historic facades and all we designed within. We put in a floor — contiguous both inside and out — of granite block pavers that draws in passerby and guests alike, the new life and conviviality clearly legible to the street. These choices set the stage for our larger approach of maximizing light, texture and crafting an interior throughout that extolled the virtue of the heritage assets via studied contrast.
▼靠近入口的座位区和铺设花岗岩的地面，seating area at the entrance and granite block pavers
▼移除原有改建部分，简化中庭玻璃体量，最大化提高空间透明度，designers removed previous alterations and simplified the glazed barrel volume of the atrium to maximize transparency of the assembly
▼大厅吧台空间，bar area at the lobby
▼吧台及空间细部，detail of the bar and space next to this area
▼中庭后方卡座区，booth area at the back of the atrium
▼柜台处的立柱、家具、壁画和灯具，the column, furniture, mural and lamps at the counter area
▼空间中散布的座位区，seating area separated in the space
▼充满维多利亚历史感的结构和新增现代元素，Victorian historic structure and new modern elements
▼窗边沙发座位区，sofa area next to the window
Our aim in fostering tension between our new interiors and the stolid bones of the Victorian fabric was for one to exalt the other. We seized upon a palette and language inspired by research into vintage visual communications promoting commercial industrial links that historically connected Manchester to far flung (and often warmer and brighter) corners of the globe. We loved the link between Merseyside and the equatorial, and as we designed most of the furniture and all of the joinery in the project, we took this as inspiration for both material and formal choices.
▼温暖明亮的色调，warmer and brighter colours
▼不同房间的沙发区，different sofa area in the room
▼房间内的厨房和小起居空间，kitchen and living area in the room
▼材料色调选择，the choice of material and tones
We designed the lighting and crafted the palette of warm materials and tones that at once envelop occupants and maximize the impact of the texture and rustication we both discovered and created throughout the property. We like to think we were just deferential enough to the heritage and beauty of the existing buildings, but there is an unabashedly new and bold language to the project. This conspicuous evolution reflects the way Manchester continues to grow and change. We hope our addition to this city can catalyze the dynamism we found up North that so inspired us.
▼简约的家具，furniture in simple lines
▼客房细节，detail of the room
LOCATION: Manchester, UK
ARCHITECTS: Grzywinski + Pons
AREA: 10,300 sqm
PHOTO CREDITS: Nicholas Worley