Project: Sofitel (5-star, 183 room hotel)
Location: Waterloo, London
- Replace existing planting but retain the planters
- Screen unsightly view of the machine room and piping from bedrooms
- 5x Bespoke low-level box with mixed planting
- 3x Bespoke hedge with mixed planting
- 3x Bespoke green wall sizes 150cm and 180cm
At Floresy, we understand the importance of creating the right customer experience for hoteliers. Especially 5-star establishments in central London. The apparently effortless transition by your staff of guests from the lobby to bedrooms to function rooms is mirrored by the same high-standard of decor, cleanliness and amenities in every space in your hotel. However, the reality of running any 24-hour hospitality business is that, behind the scenes, it’s a lot less glamorous.
Sometimes this means substituting an unsightly view from a window with a far more attractive and pleasing alternative.
The brief for this project was two-fold with the first objective being replacing the existing – but tired – artificial planting whilst retaining the planters. As we both design and manufacture artificial plants we are able to create planting solutions for any problem area in a client’s brief. So using planters and containers of the client’s preference was easy. This area is outside one of the hotel’s many function rooms. Restricted access to this awkward space means maintenance would be an issue for real plants.
Next, objective number two was a larger roof area overlooked by several bedrooms. One of the benefits of using plants as room dividers or screens is they do not completely block the light. And this is an important consideration for any screen solution for a window when detracting from an unsightly view.
Our green walls make great screens and because they are freestanding, they are a perfect solution for this situation. They are easy to install in addition to not blocking all of the natural light coming into a room.
What lies behind: solving the unsightly view.
For other bedrooms overlooking the roof, the use of low-level window boxes as an attractive feature was sufficient in order to maintain the illusion of a swan.
The project is a success with both satisfied customer and supplier. We are looking forward to working with Sofitel again soon.