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Imogen Bruce
Zen Hotel
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Imogen Bruce
Zen Hotel

Imogen Bruce has proposed transforming a former cutlery workshop into a hotel based on Zen design principles. It embodies minimalist philosophy making use of natural materials, patterns of light and space, and a near-monastic rejection of clutter.  Bruce opens up the internal courtyard at Butcher Works choosing curved glass vision panels to allow more light into a once dark space the curve to creating a feature that contrasts the old and new. Water is one of the main components in a Zen Garden, and to be as accessible as possible, a large walkway runs above the pool, which gives anyone easy access into the water without difficulty.

Zen Hotel offers an environment of peace, relaxation and inner sanctuary from the stresses and strains of life -and busy city centre – outside the hotel walls. The open plan public space, with only the furniture necessary for the hotel to function, is beautifully lit by natural light during daylight hours. Guests get a feeling of wellness and energy to help take them through their daily activities. In the evenings subtle light creates an atmosphere of both relaxation and fun in more intimate areas, such as in the hotel bar. The visuals show different spaces within the hotel and how each space – and energy – flows continuously. It is very contemporary, yet relaxing and calming for the guests, with neutral colours further softened by linen fabrics.

Bruce undertook her placement year at an Architect’s firm, where as well as being trained in Revit, Enscape and AutoCAD she was immersed in the everyday dealings with clients and suppliers, taking part in conference calls and doing on site visits of projects I was working on. As part of her dissertation, she met with renowned Interior Designer Amanda Rosa, who has designed hotels such as Malmaison and Dakota. She is currently undertaking freelance work for companies and individuals.

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The Zen Hotel Swimming Pool
In this view you can see where the beams have been placed above the glazing. They are clad in glass reinforced concrete a modern twist on an old building.
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Zen Hotel Sitting Area
The soft seating is a relaxing place to sit and look over the pool. Large curved vision panels bring in lots of natural light to create a calm atmosphere throughout the ground floor
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Zen Hotel Restaurant Bar
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Zen Hotel Restaurant
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Zen Hotel Bedroom
In some rooms the bed is integrated into the floor including hidden storage, removing the need for unnecessary clutter. For accessibility reasons this feature is limited to those rooms with stair access only.
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Zen Hotel Bedroom
One of the larger rooms with a separate dressing room. Each bedroom has a designated area to get ready, with a dressing table and plug close by. When not in use TVs become mirrors continuing the minimal look of the white walls.
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Zen Hotel Bathroom
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Zen Hotel Bedroom
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Zen Hotel Fitness Studio
Meditation and yoga are essential in reaching Zen. The Studio holds classes led by professionals, but is also available for guests’ personal use. The view over the pool and acoustic timber slatted walls add to the calming ambience of the studio.
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Balcony – Imogen Bruce – IMMY BRUCE