Brixton, London SW9
DEX is a 700 sq.m ‘DJ hotel’ and private member’s club for the music industry for Stuart Hopson Jones, one of the founders of Smiths of Smithfield.
It is housed in a landmark building in south London which was originally the Prince of Wales Hotel, built in the 1930’s in art deco style. The building had fallen into disrepair after a number of years as vacant offices and we carefully refurbished the building including the existing grand marble staircases, timber wall panelling, and inverted domed light features.
A new cocktail bar/lounge, restaurant, private dining/meeting room and reception area is at first floor level – the curved timber clad bars, DJ booth and reception counters were designed to compliment the existing nature of the interior.
8 new hotel rooms have been created at second floor level, with decks and mixers which cater for the needs of touring DJs. The dcor of each room is totally individual.
There are also some 450sq.m of roof terraces – the largest being the massive top floor terrace with central London views and various separate relaxing areas including a hot tub.
The very high front parapet wall was a dangerous structure and was totally re-built. We negotiated with Lambeth Council for the formation of a series of ‘archery slots’ in the brick parapet wall in order for those on the top floor roof terrace to be able to look through them over Brixton street life below.
Street level may be the moody corner of Coldharbour Lane where gangs stand around, but inside is a sprawling, elegant complex designed by Jonathan Clark Architects that includes an eight-room boutique hotel, art deco ballroom, dining room and the biggest roof terrace outside central London.
The London Paper 'Hotel to house music in-crowd', December 3rd 2007
• Sleeper Magazine, May/June 2008