Wombat’s is a popular new youth hostel on the edge of the City of London. An extensive refurbishment has brought additional space, a contemporary new identity and excellent new facilities to the building, which began life as a 19th century seaman’s mission and was more recently used as a homeless shelter.
The project has retained as much of the original fabric as possible while giving the building a lively new purpose and identity. The arrival area features scattered loose furniture and timber day beds arranged beneath suspended bookcases, creating a bright and informal space. A large vaulted cellar houses a stylish café and bar, where restored and cleaned brick vaults provide a rich textured backdrop. Imaginatively designed lighting, and bespoke and vintage furniture create a warm and contemporary social space, with access to a refurbished external courtyard.
A simple yet elegant central staircase is now an attractive feature: the restored balustrade rises through the building and elements such as glazed bricks to landing windows have been retained.
Shortlisted in the 'Hotels' category for the AJ Retrofit Awards 2015
Shortlisted in the 'Commercial' category for the RICS Awards 2015
Commended in the 'Hotels and Hospitality' category for the New London Architecture Awards 2015
Photographer: Alan Williams