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Doone Silver Kerr use recycled shipping containers to create London aparthotel

Design studio Doone Silver Kerr (DSK) has designed a new ‘aparthotel’ for Stow Projects and Ciel Capital, located at 137-139 Lower Marsh, Waterloo and situated within the Lower Marsh Conservation Area.

13/11/2019 2 min read

With a focus on simplicity, robustness and durability, the innovative 5-storey modular development consists of 20 rooms/apartments, each formed from a recycled 30ft shipping container. The refined interior shells of the containers are clad with self-finished surfaces such as stone and stained and natural plywood, optimising high-performance materials to maximise internal dimensions, durability and longevity. The containers are designed to function as self-contained, independent structures – DSK undertook extensive research to ensure each room meets appropriate building regulations.

DSK has optimised the space, use and function of each room with a simple, restrained configuration, detailed with high-quality, natural finishes such as timber and marble. The efficient use of space enables the provision of a kitchen – complete with dishwasher, sink, microwave, portable hotplate, and a set of cutlery, crockery and saucepans. The bed is designed to be multi-functional, with wall cushions to adapt for TV viewing. DSK employed a muted colour palette that subtly shifts from light to dark to evoke a greater sense of space and prevents guests feeling a ‘tunnel effect’ sensation.

A key element of the design was to embrace the surrounding urban environment, with the semi-enclosed back of the hotel enabling guests to view the wide skyline of London’s Southbank area, including landmarks such as the London Eye. However, given the proximity of the South Western Main Line immediately adjacent to the hotel’s rear, DSK’s design includes various measures to carefully mitigate against vibrations and sound – including specialised acoustic rubber pads applied to the floor.

The hotel exterior’s projecting ‘fins’ are applied as sculptural, welded steel screen that assists both privacy and solar-shading. Providing the hotel with a distinctive identity, the faceted screen alters the appearance of the building when viewed from different angles, the deep orange interior facet of each fin referencing the weathering steel of shipping containers.

Ross Kerr, Director, Doone Silver Kerr, says: “Stow-Away demonstrates DSK’s enthusiasm for new construction techniques that can unlock the potential of complex, constrained sites, responding to the demands for increasingly flexible, innovative, technology-driven urban structures”.

Sean Bignold, Associate, Doone Silver Kerr, commented,““Doone Silver Kerr does not seek to create a brand style. Instead every project is a specific response to an extended dialogue with the client. Our philosophy of design is rooted in a commitment to rational building; eschewing extravagance but focusing on precise detailing and the thoughtful use of materials. Stow-Away is the embodiment of all these values”.


Stow Projects

Stow Projects is a creative property development and urban regeneration company, comprised of a team of experienced property professionals with a passion for sustainable placemaking.

Stow forms partnerships with landowners to fund, develop and operate workplaces, apart- hotels and residential accommodation. Regeneration and sustainability are the key drivers behind the company’s projects. Stow unlocks difficult sites through innovation, for example with the use of modular units, and aims for all projects to mature into new places that will become socially and economically integrated.


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