After great times of glory as a popular hotel in the seventies, the Sea Containers building on the edge of the river Thames in London was converted into a boring office block. But now, designer Tom Dixon has worked his magic with the authentic architecture of Warren Platner and has re-invented the building as a brand new Mondrian Hotel. And although Dixon paid a lot of respect to the original architecture, the interior shows many of his favourite features: industrial-shaped lighting, copper finishings and geometrical patterns. The result is a glamourous 70’s disco-flavoured ambiance, that should speak to Brits as well as to American visitors. For sure, it is speaking to Mister President.
Text: Charlene Preston