Iconic London hotel The Savoy re-opened in 2010, following a record-breaking three-year refurbishment, with an investment of £220m. The interior design, by Pierre-Yves Rochon, is very much in the spirit of the hotel’s original Edwardian and Art Deco influences. Amongst the many extravagant features in the public areas that have caught the eye, none has captured the imagination of visitors more so than the magnificent new winter garden gazebo. This stands below a stunning stained glass cupola in the Thames Foyer, a large informal dining space at the centre of the hotel, popular for afternoon teas.
Andy Thornton was commissioned by main contractor Chorus Group to manufacture the elaborate 5.5 metre diameter, 4.0 metre high cast metal gazebo, replicating the original concept designs by Pierre-Yves Rochon. The gazebo features decorative columns and intricate arched filigree panels with an open roof, around a grand piano.
Before casting the ornate panels and egg and dart mouldings Andy Thornton’s skilled wood carver hand-carved the patterns from which the moulds were created. The complete structure was finished in a nickel metallic paint with antique over-wash, to contrast the surroundings. Andy Thornton assembled the gazebo in their West Yorkshire workshops before assembling on site.