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Grzywinski + Pons transforms 19th-century cotton mill into Whitworth Locke hotel

Posted on 27 July, 2017 by Charlie
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Grzywinski + Pons transforms 19th-century cotton mill into Whitworth Locke hotel

New York-based practice Grzywinski + Pons looks to overcast skies and industrial posters from the 1800s to design the interiors of this hotel in Manchester, England.

While some of the brick walls have been left in their found state or covered with foliage-printed wallpaper, a majority of other surfaces have been painted various shades of grey in a nod to Manchester's typically rainy skies.

Interiors of Whitworth Locke Manchester hotel, designed by Grzywinski + Pons

Brighter colours are introduced in the hotel's bedrooms, which take note from vintage posters that advertised trading between the region and the "warmer and brighter corners of the globe". Walls are salmon-pink, while soft-furnishings are upholstered in pistachio-green fabric.

"We loved the link between Merseyside and the equatorial, and as we designed most of the furniture and all of the joinery in the project, we took this as inspiration for both material and formal choices," added the practice.

Interiors of Whitworth Locke Manchester hotel, designed by Grzywinski + Pons

This is the third branch of Whitworth Locke to open, joining branches in London and Edinburgh. It's not the only hotel to occupy an old building – the recently-opened Hotel Joaquin in California is set inside 1930s motor lodge, while a former Soviet publishing house in Tbilisi, Georgia now plays host to the Samba Hotel.

Photography is by Nicholas Worley.

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