2014 Condé Nast | Best New or Back on the Scene Hotel More
Archer Humphryes has redesigned the world’s first purpose built railway terminus hotel - the Great Northern at King’s Cross, London.
The practice has created a 91-bedroom boutique hotel at the Grade II listed building, which was originally designed by Lewis Cubitt in 1854. The new hotel evokes the style and glamour of the first railway age, emphasising the historic character of the building while at the same time providing an elegant, contemporary design.
The bedrooms have been designed in three categories using high quality, traditional materials. A typical Cubitt bedroom enjoys unusual ceiling heights, spacious dimensions and the historic detail of the building. Smaller Couchette rooms are inspired by railway sleeping cars, while the Wainscot attic rooms are lined in European walnut panelling with a deep plum palette. The hotel also contains the reception, GNH bar, Plumb + Spilt Milk restaurant and a small retail area in addition to the bedrooms.