“The doors in the majority of the bedrooms, which Cotswold Casements has supplied, were chosen primarily to allow more play of light between the two spaces. The glazed steel framed doors are more permeable and interesting than a solid door while the obscure glazing still provides privacy.
“The major work though involving Cotswold Casements – who we have used on other projects in the past – involved the food and beverages area which is an enormous space of some 10,000 square feet, centred on the old trading hall. The initial thought was on how to make it feel there are specific purposes to different parts. We didn’t want to do this with solid walls or by compartmentalising it because the essence to the old trading hall was to keep the scale and as many original features as possible as well as the view through. Therefore, we used the steel framed screens to create glazed walls which were not full height – so that people can see through the space and walk between them.
“This has created five distinct spaces; the restaurant at the rear; the bar which you enter from the street outside; the winter garden which is located centrally beneath a very large roof light – having trees like an orangery; then the den which can be rented for private functions. Finally, there is a long narrow “street” which offers space for people to sit and work on their laptops or make a phone call. Importantly, what the glazing has allowed us to do is maintain views through this space and a feeling of openness which respects the history of the Refuge Insurance Company building.”
Photo credit – Luke White
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