Emsea helps bring to life the concept of creative visual beauty for one of the ‘Big Six Art Hotels’

Creative designers, Grace and Webb, looked to Emsea Ltd’s extensive engineering knowledge to realise an inspirational art concept into a range of viable design features in a top London hotel.

Named as one of the Big Six Art Hotels worldwide, South Place Hotel, showcases an impressive five storey high polished aluminium sculpture, three floor to ceiling screens and a 21 metre long floating ceiling.

Developing the blueprints alongside interior designers, Conran and Partners, Grace and Webb drew inspiration from botanical foliage and branches.

Natasha Webb, managing director of Grace and Webb, commented:

“The vast exterior wall feature in the hotel’s courtyard spans five floors and was created with maximum impact in mind.”

She continued:

“I opted for polished aluminium to replicate the materials used in the original construction of the building, whilst still reflecting light and opening up the secluded space. This project was complicated but as always Emsea were great to work with, nothing was too much trouble and they came up with practical solutions to the technical issues.”

The 30 large (15m x 4.5m) panels were spaced off the wall using a bespoke clip system engineered by Emsea, to create patterned shadows behind and allow for back lighting at night.

Mark Causer, director at Emsea Ltd, commented:

“We were provided with the artistic illustrations but the technical conundrums were ours to solve.”

One such challenge included within the brief was that of a 21m long ceiling feature in Angler restaurant, suspended above dining tables and lit from within to give soft patterned reflections.

Mark said:

“We didn’t want Grace and Webb to have to compromise on the look and beauty of the designs. Natasha could focus on her job of creating artistically pleasing structures, safe in the knowledge that Emsea would figure out and deliver the rest.”