Tuesday22 August 2017

Home from home M-hotel aims to end isolation of long-term guests

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Architect Tim Pyne has unveiled his new concept in self-catering hotels, the M-hotel.

The temporary building — which is pre-planning and is designed to be on its site on Sclater Street in London’s Hoxton for only eight years — is intended for use by business people who need to stay in London short term, but who don’t want to stay in a conventional hotel.

Pyne is already known for his critically acclaimed M-house, the off-site manufactured two-bedroom bungalow he designed with Michael Howe of Mae Architects. He said his

36-unit hotel would benefit those sick of the isolation big hotels can bring — as seen in the film Lost in Translation.

“When I did Tokyo Design Week, I found myself in exactly that situation. The M-hotel is the opposite of that,” he said.

“Hoxton is surrounded by tower blocks, but nearly all the companies are European. They have nowhere for their employees to live.”

He added that the M-hotel’s living room could be divided to make an extra bedroom, so that employees’ families could come and visit at weekends.

The project’s units slot into a steel frame. The building will be clad in an insulated panel system, with decorative film bonded to the outer layer of steel.

Pyne expects to submit a planning application for the scheme within the next two months, with work due to start on the hotel this summer and to be completed by the end of the year.


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