Ace Hotel

Universal Design Studio were approached by Ace to design their first hotel outside of the USA. Located in London’s Shoreditch, the scheme comprises of 265 guest rooms and the lounge/reception area with retail units, bar, café and art gallery.

The ambition was to discover the authentic voice of both Shoreditch and the property, exploring the hotel’s potential to embed itself within the fabric of the neighbourhood and nurture the local culture. Collaborating with local vendors, consultants and manufacturers, placemaking was a central theme in ensuring that the final space was “of London, and for London” (Alex Calderwood, co-founder of Ace).

Set within a neighbourhood with a storied history of culture, industry and craftsmanship, the interior design strongly echoes its East London surroundings.

Client: Ace Hotel
Shoreditch High Street, London
Size: 12,200.sqm
Status: Completed Oct 2013
Budget: £16m
Design Team: Matt Barton, Ani Chepakova, Irenie Cossey, Paul Gulati, Jason Holley, Simon Kaempfer, Samantha Leist, Sacha Leong, Richard McConkey, Daisy Roth, Sonia Tomic
Atelier Ace, County Contractors, Elektra Lighting, EPR, Hattie Fox, Max Lamb, RED Engineering, Turner & Townsend
European Hotel Design Awards  ‘Architecture – Renovation’
FX Awards ‘Best hotel’
Design Week Award ‘Hospitality and Workplace Interiors award’
UK Property Awards ‘Best Hotel architecture, London’
UK Property Awards ‘Best Hotel architecture, UK’
Brick Awards ‘Best refurbishment and Renovation’
Gold Key awards, ‘Best Lobby’
Photography: Andrew Meredith, Tina Hillier