Paul White, Laura O’hagan, Andrew Yorke
GMC Contract & Mobili
‘The Residence’ is part of a complex including the luxury New York Palace Hotel and a contemporary shopping mall.
Buckley Gray Yeoman were appointed by GMC Contract & Mobili to develop detailed design proposals for the ground floor and to provide design consultancy services for the apartments.
Owned by the Italian Boscolo Hotel chain, the luxury 5* Apart’ hotel in the centre of Budapest contains 138 suites, ranging in size from studio apartments to 3 bedroom suites. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, and living space. Duplex apartments have large balconies and offer panoramic views of the city. The brief for the apartments was to create spaces, which are elegant yet comfortable and understated; ‘a home away from home’.
The large ground floor space with high ceilings lacked a focal point, so a central sculptural form became the key feature. The sinuous central object creates individual spaces around it, with functions such as the business area, breakfast counter, WC’s and kitchen carved into the form. It also encompasses 2 large columns which previously dominated the space. The lounge and breakfast areas comfortably occupy the outer space. The organic shape was influenced by the form of the classic Alvar Aaltar ‘Savoy Vase’, it is clad in timber slats which add warmth and colour.
By condensing the functions within the central sculptural form the spaces are easily monitored from the reception area. A mezzanine floor created above the reception area, contains a back of house office space and views over the lobby area.
Feature pendent lights serve to create an intimate scale within the double height space of the lounge and breakfast area.
Buckley Gray Yeoman’s concept has succeeded in achieving the comforts and intimacy of a living room, in what was previously a large and cavernous space.