Mercure Antwerp City Centre

  • Prize
    Winner in Interior Design City Destination
  • Company/Firm
    Buckley Gray Yeoman
  • Lead Designer
    Jane Maciver
  • Lead Designer(Other)
    Kinga Kolnacka, Tessa Faddy, XiangXiang Luo
  • Photo Credit
    Julia Pelelu
  • Location
  • Project Date
    November 2021
  • Construction Company
  • Architect
    ID Cite
  • Interior Designer
    Buckley Gray Yeoman
  • Hospitality
  • Developer
    Hamilton Hotel Partners

With localisation being pivotal to the Mercure brand, we were inspired by Antwerp’s Academy of Fine Art which has produced some of the worlds finest master painters and fashion designers. This gave us licence to be bold in our use of pattern, colour, texture and art to pay homage to these creative talents. We opened up the previously small, dark arrival to provide a generous lobby space. The lobby features Antwerp Blue panelled walls, deep burgundy tiled boutique, stitched reception desk and large bespoke photographic print created with fabrics from the interior to make the fashion inspired image. A lighter palette emerges in the f&b areas. Pattern was used in a more subtle expression, through solid oak framed acoustic panels. We used classic European bistro references such as a glazed tile bar front, suspended globe pendants, and bentwood chairs. A large framed print hangs above the staircase -inspired Jan Van Eyck’s Portrait of A Man. Our version has model in a towel and bathrobe as a playful reference to being in a hotel.Atmospheric corridors contrast with light fresh guest rooms – with a light touch refurbishment – bespoke wallcovering, tailored details and rich colour palette

Buckley Gray Yeoman are agents of opportunity. We take what we find – on the ground and in the brief – and uncover unanticipated possibilities. The changes we deliver are executed with a strong sense of responsibility to our clients, but we never forget that design must also make you feel good. Our work is sensitive, thorough and authentic, but it is also unapologetically joyful and surprising.

Other prizes
Mixology Awards - 77 Coleman - Winner (Best Workplace Interior (Small scale) category) Design Firm of the Year - Shortlisted Panagram - Shortlisted (Best Workplace Interior (Medium scale) category) BD Architect of the Year Awards - Best Interior Architect of the Year - Winner Best Architect RIBA London Awards - Eccleston Yards - Winner RIBA London Sustainability Award - Eccleston Yards - Winner World Architecture Festival Awards - Fred Perry New York City & Stockholm - Shortlisted (Shopping category) Future Cities Forum Awards - Dept W - Shortlisted Archiboo Awards Best Visual Design - Runner-up, Best Written Content - Shortlisted BCO Next Gen Awards - Employer of the Year - Shortlisted BD Architect of the Year Awards - Office Architect of the Year - Shortlisted, Refurbishment Architect of the Year - Shortlisted Blueprint Awards - Fred Perry Stockholm - Shortlisted Building Awards - Architectural Practice of the Year - Shortlisted, Refurbishment Project of the Year - Shortlisted (Wenlock Works) Civic Trust Awards - Eccleston Yards – Shortlisted Hackney Design Awards - Wenlock Works - Commended Mixology Awards - Elsley House, Best Workplace Interior (Medium scale) - Winner NLA Awards - 21 Soho Square - Shortlisted (Conserving category), Dept W - Shortlisted (Conserving category), Eccleston Yards - Shortlisted (Placemaking category and Wellbeing prize) RIBA Awards - Dept W - Shortlisted, Eccleston Yards – Shortlisted Schueco Awards - 22 Worple Road - Shortlisted, Dept W - Shortlisted Surface Design Awards - 77 Coleman - Shortlisted