Two redesigned bars and a transformed entrance give the iconic Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge a thoroughly modern new look.
An innovative glass extension at The Berkeley has transformed the Knightsbridge landmark’s elegant frontage by replacing the former slip road with a wide sweep of pale granite setts.
The ‘revolutionary facade’ has been designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and features a glass canopy supported by sixteen 9m-long carbon fibre beams.
Richard Rogers, a partner in the world-renowned firm of architects, says: ‘The carbon fibre beams bring a lightness and elegance to the glass structure, creating an open, transparent and welcoming point of arrival.”
At each end of the structure is a glass pavilion extending the hotel’s existing bar and restaurant.
The renovations have also seen the hotel’s two popular bars — the cult Blue Bar and the Caramel Room — transformed.
Originally created by the late Irish architect and designer David Collins, the Blue Bar has been restored and extended by one of Collins’ former protégés Robert Angell.
It now features a glass pavilion and narrower entrance doors “to add a sense of discretion and intimacy”.
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