The Cumberland Hotel
RBS Hotel Development Company
Marble Arch, London
13,000 sq ft
Fit-out, Interior Design
Hospitality & Leisure
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The Cumberland is one of London’s largest hotels, with more than 1,000 guest rooms and suites and is popular both with tourists and the high-level conference trade. Dating from the early 1930s it has recently been comprehensively refurbished and reopened as a destination luxury hotel in 2005. The aim was to combine the restoration of this period building with the addition of outstanding modern design. In tune with this aspiration, tp bennett was commissioned to recreate the hotel’s basement food court, one of a number of restaurants in the Cumberland, providing 200 covers for breakfast, lunch or dinner in a relatively informal setting.
With an area of around 11,000 sq ft, the Market, as it is known, was a cavernous space and before the refurbishment it had been a less than attractive venue. tp bennett’s strategy was to break down the space, inserting a group of four illuminated towers as its new focus: clad in glass, these structures showcase the range of cuisine on offer – diners can choose from a range of food offers and watch the chefs preparing their meals. Other elements of the redesign include Issey Miyake-inspired fabric screens and a floor covering of high gloss resin. The ceiling design echoes the saw tooth plan of the glazed towers.