Linda Boronkay grew up in Budapest. Her father was an architect and her mother was an antiques dealer and collector
Piper Television Centre mosaic mural and the interior façade. These details and the architectural elements of the space were the driving force when we created the scheme for the hotel rooms as well as for the club.
Can you remember your reaction when you first looked around the Helios building? It was incredible. It’s a circular building, which means that walking around it is a very interesting spatial experience. It’s something you rarely come across because in most buildings, everything is linear. You almost feel as though you’re in a spaceship.
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The corridors are curved, and when you’re in the gym you have a strong sense of the circular floor space of the room. We really embraced that, and further enhanced the curvaceous shape of the space. The new inserts and areas that we created in the gym also have round walls and rounded joinery. We created a design scheme for the corridors that’s very simple but also full of details inspired by the original reception area. We created interesting timber panelling details while making it our own with a bespoke stain, and we designed a fun terrazzo pattern for our carpet runners inspired by the green floor finish in the reception area. It’s very playful.
How did the history of the building inform the design? We took inspiration from studio atmospheres and old iconic BBC programmes, particularly in the club spaces. In our club reception area we have a high gloss black ceiling, something you often see in television studios. We’ve used a lot of track, technical-inspired lighting pieces – all of our light fittings in the club and the hotel rooms are bespoke, designed by us. What are your favourite spaces in the club? I really love the rooftop. I think it creates a nice sense of escapism. I also love the ninth floor