The Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London
This landmark new-build hotel was designed for Bulgari in London by the renowned architectural firm Antonio Citterio, Patricia Viel & Partners, working with local architect Squire & Partners. In exclusive Knightsbridge close to major developments including The Knightsbridge Apartments, One Hyde Park and Lancelot Place, the Bulgari Hotel & Residences opened in May 2012.
The site’s relatively small footprint of 1,100m2presented the project team with a challenge, and a launch date in time for the 2012 London Olympics demanded tight deadlines. To achieve this, a ‘top down’ approach was adopted, allowing the six basements (five for amenities and facilities) and ten upper floors to be constructed simultaneously.
A simple yet bold exterior design in Portland stone with bronze detailing in an Italianate style perfectly complements the surrounding area. Innovative construction methods allowed for a double-height ballroom with a huge domed ceiling, and a double-height restaurant connecting the ground floor to the first-level basement to create a dynamic open space.
The hotel’s 85 rooms and suites feature exquisite detailing throughout, from custom-made silk curtains with patterns inspired by classic Bulgari jewellery designs to bedside table lamps inspired by Bulgari’s silver candlesticks. The superb Italian craftsmanship continues into the restaurant, bar and cigar shop, with two solid silver Bulgari chandeliers creating a dramatic centrepiece in the ballroom.
The hotel features a destination Italian restaurant and bar, a cigar shop, a large ballroom, a business centre, a private cinema and a 2,000m2 spa and fitness centre with a 25m indoor pool.