Inhabit Queen’s Gardens Sustainable Hotel Design

Sustainable hotel design championed at Inhabit Queen’s Gardens

Inhabit Queen’s Gardens, the newly opened hotel destination in west London, is a sustainable hotel designed by architects Holland Harvey

Probably the most sustainable thing to do for the planet is to avoid a lot of travel; but if travel seems inevitable, planning a trip in the most eco-friendly way is definitely the way to go. If you’re bound for London, the Inhabit family’s newest offering, the chain’s Queen’s Gardens location, might be just the ticket. The recently opened Inhabit Queen’s Gardens, designed by Holland Harvey Architects, is a project designed using the key principles of sustainable hotel design – without compromising comfort or style. In fact, its sustainable architecture is so ingrained in its making that it’s something you don’t even notice on a visit – natural materials aside.

For the architecture studio behind it, led by Richard Holland and Jonathan Harvey, this wasn’t the first foray into hotel design – they were also behind Inhabit’s other London location, in Paddington. But this is the first time they’ve been able to take their sustainability ambitions to this level, working with the overall more environmentally friendly approach of restoration and redesign (as opposed to building new) .

The design reuses a crescent of Grade II listed mid-19th century Victorian townhouses, delicately transforming them into a haven of urban calm. Public areas on the ground floor include a cafe, restaurant, and lounge, as well as a library and meeting rooms, which can be reserved for hotel guests and the general public. Wellness spaces, including a spa, exercise and yoga rooms, occupy the fully refreshed basement, which was once a dark, poorly ventilated restaurant.

The property’s sustainable hotel design credentials are impressive, covering the fact that just under 100% of construction waste was diverted from landfills through recycling initiatives or reused, in elements such as the custom Granby Rock terrazzo used on the fireplace (by Granby Atelier); the use of environmentally friendly surfaces and materials such as carefully selected wood, Richlite paper-based fiber composite and cork; and a focus on locally sourced furniture, including items created by social enterprise Goldfinger.

Changes in materials and floor treatments subtly delineate different functions in common areas where appropriate, while smartly designed and styled interiors in off-white and green tones, and warm, natural woods ensure that spaces – like the 70-seat restaurant – feel cozy and intimate.

“Celebrating and showcasing the existing heritage building and keeping sustainability at the heart of the project inspired subtle but deliberate architectural moves. This careful approach to design brought the concept of the new Inhabit hotel to life. Working alongside a creative and collaborative team with a diverse skill set and a clear view of the client naturally resulted in a building that felt like a home away from home. The final project is not just a hotel with comfortable rooms, but a gift of a new space for the whole neighborhood and Inhabit customers to enjoy,” says Maria Gutierrez, senior architect at Holland Harvey, who worked on the project. §

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