Just before everyone heads off on a well-earned summer break, we thought we’d share our first newsletter in which we will talk a little about what we’re working on, thinking about, reading and listening to, and things that inspire us at Translation Architecture. The second part of the newsletter will be a slightly more in depth look at a topical issue - this time heat, and what we are doing about it on our current projects.
Out of Office
... this blend of tourism and the idea of a hotel as a kind of community asset or a social condenser, answers the both the demand for authenticity from guests and the relevance or utility for its local community. As our work, life and leisure patterns continue to shift, this is a version of the hotel whose time has come, and it is great to be finally creating the spaces that we have been talking about for so long.
Hospitality Interiors: The Relais Henley
A piece written for the industry title Hospitality Interiors on the story behind the refurbishment of the The Relais Henley, outlining the design and heritage approach, some of the challenges and how the unique quality of the Grade II listed hotel has developed through the collaborative approach of the client and design team.
Routes and connections: The civic character of The Relais, Henley-on-Thames
A significant design intervention in the refurbishment of The Relais Henley (formerly The Red Lion Hotel) was the opening up of the corridor between the reception and what is now The Clipper Restaurant.
Hotels and Sustainability
Over the last fortnight, I have taken part in two panel discussions as part of the Festival of Hospitality, a month-long series of events in London put together by the team at Always Thinking.
The Relais Henley: Historical layers and the Charles I wall painting
The site of The Relais at The Red Lion (Henley) includes architectural elements that extend from the fifteenth century through to the present day. The construction of the Chantry House, situated between St Mary’s Church in Hart Street and the Thameside courtyard of The Relais, has been dated to 1461 by means of dendrochronology. Historical layering is also evident in a wall painting which dates to 1632, during the reign of Charles I, and is in fact the monarch’s coat of arms.
‘It all started with a conversation’: Developing a Visual Identity for Translation Architecture
We wanted our visual and typographic identity to foreground the connections that Translation Architecture makes between writing, design process, collaboration, dialogue and building. Conscious of how important writing is to translating abstract ideas into design concepts, we explore new projects and develop ideas through writing, which we see as a crucial aspect of dialogue and collaboration.