The classic layout and geometric shapes of the project – designed by David Collins Studio – are enhanced by the shades of the individual materials and the impeccable laying. As are the inlaid thresholds in Nero Marquina with polished brass (including the prestigious logos); the ventilation grilles, again in Nero Marquina, with openings for the flow of air, obtained by water jet cutting.
The five-star hotel ‘The Westin London City’, located on the banks of the Thames, was designed by Dexter Moren Associates and features 222 bedrooms – including 29 suites – and 9 luxury furnished apartments. Marmi Ghirardi supplied a wide selection of materials such as Silver Shadow, Fior di Bosco, Tundra Blue, Nero d’Avola, Silk Georgette, Bianco Carrara, Bianco Avorio Rock finished and a Portuguese limestone. These were used for the finishing of the hotel’s public areas, for a large part of the exterior cladding and for some areas of the interior.
Other interventions concern the “BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple” and then the innumerable private residences that we will not cite for reasons of confidentiality, but which for more than 25 years have reaffirmed Marmi Ghirardi’s intense activity in this specific field.
We conclude this brief itinerary by recalling the spectacular floor of what has been for years the ‘Brasserie Chavot‘, a floor that evokes Art Nouveau atmospheres. The sumptuous interweaving of plant whorls and the diagonal arrangement derive from Renaissance and Rococo motifs. The assembly of the mosaic tesserae reflects the craftsmanship of Marmi Ghirardi and becomes a scenic occasion. The mosaic consists of 140 elements measuring 1050 mm x 1050 mm and was obtained with marbles of different shades: Botticino, Bardiglio, Verde Alpi, Giallo Siena, Rosso Levanto and Nero Marquina. Like an aristocratic carpet, the floor becomes the iconic trademark of the venue.
A London tour that, in its essentiality, shows Marmi Ghirardi’s long presence in the English city and, above all, its contribution in terms of style, class and quality of achievements to one of the international capitals of design and architecture.
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