The London office of Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) has completed a graceful redesign of the Adria in the South Kensington neighborhood of the UK capital. The renovation is the 19th-century luxury townhouse’s first in more than a decade. The new upgrades accentuate the property’s historic ethos while infusing a contemporary character. “We worked to capitalize on the building’s graceful Victorian proportions, layering a combination of tactile fabrics and timeless finishes to retain the hotel’s heritage feel that appeals to today’s guests,” HBA London senior associate Erica Pritchard says.
Home to 24 guestrooms and suites as well as nine public spaces, the Adria evokes a warm, residential-style opulence where Victorian proportions are offset by contemporary elements, including custom light fixtures. Existing furniture has been refurbished along with period features like detailed cornicing and black and white marble hallways. A traditional color palette of English heritage tones maintains the hotel’s sense of time and place.
Additional updates also include the transformation of the former private dining room into a communal pantry. Complete with an honesty bar, the inviting space is distinguished by full-height antique mirrors and two-tone textured wallcoverings in calming hues reminiscent of the English countryside. Custom joinery and bespoke cantilevered shelving echo veranda railings of the Victorian Era as well.
Each of the 24 accommodations were crafted to embody tranquility, complete with bespoke headboards and commissioned artwork that honors the respective theme of each room. Original ornamental cast iron balustrade was also retained in all of the chambers.