Inspired by east London’s textile industry, Florattica features custom woven fabrics and a flower ceiling composed of preserved gypsophila, achillea and bloom broom
International architecture practice ACME has completed Florattica rooftop bar in Aldgate, London.
The project is situated within the Minories development, on the 11th floor of Canopy by Hilton London City’s new hotel wing.
At ground floor level Florattica has its own double height entrance and at rooftop level, a terrace with sweeping views of the London skyline.
Aldgate High Street was one of the busiest gateways into the medieval City of London. However, the demolition of the Haydon Goodsyard station and the construction of the Metropolitan line and Aldgate station left a gap in the urban fabric.
Since 2012, ACME has been designing within the Minories and Canopy by Hilton Hotel is the first building to be delivered on site - a story of reuse with the reinvention of an existing Aon Insurance office building.
Adjacent to the hotel a second building is currently under construction – The Haydon – a 16 story residential block, due for completion in 2024. The third block is 60 Aldgate, a new office building which received planning in 2022.
Florattica’s interior design is inspired by east London’s textile industry and the silk woven floral patterns created by local 17th century French Huguenots. The high fashion of that time was all about woven and embroidered flower patterns and colours.
ACME worked with some of the historic patterns to create custom woven fabrics for Florattica, as well as designing a flower ceiling in homage to this part of East London’s local history.
The bespoke floral ceiling installation was installed over three days by floral design studio, Phohm, and is composed of preserved gypsophila, achillea and bloom broom.
Architecture and interiors ACME
Floral installation Phohm
Contractor X Construct
FOH taps Splash Lab
Stone Sonic Stone
Bespoke joinery ETS
Bar equipment Salix
Bathroom tiles Matter of Stuff
Floor tiles Blueprint Ceramics
Bespoke curtains Wovns
Fire rating specialists Flame Protect
Wallpaper House of Hackney
FF&E procurement Borne Interiors
Outdoor furniture Expormim