TwoRuba is Hilton Tower Bridge’s new 300 m2 destination bar, which opened in September 2014.
AfroditiKrassa’s unique approach to a client brief is always aimed to design a true category-definer. Its approach on this project was no different; conceiving TwoRuba and leading to the Studio’s sourcing of a unique material to develop an extremely flexible space that transforms seamlessly from casual coffee bar at daytime to sleek destination lounge bar at night.
AfroditiKrassa pushes the boundaries of the traditional curtain with a modern interpretation of the room divider using ‘metal mesh drapery’. The curtain works alongside a central “catwalk” area which links all three levels of the bar, from which the entire space is articulated. The combination of bespoke modular loose furniture ensures maximum flexibility for both groups and more intimate private settings.
The concept for the bar, TwoRuba, is based on dualities, reflecting the duality and contrast of the area’s rich historical background: London’s iconic Tower Bridge and the modernity of the surrounding buildings; and on the other hand Bermondsey, which now buzzes with urban cool, is rooted in the trades of Leather, Hide and Wool Exchange – a great source of inspiration for the Studio when selecting materials, textures and patterns for the project.
Based on urban opulence, the material palette plays on contrasts: luxurious soft fabrics, such as quilted tan leather and deep purple suede with more hardwearing materials such as concrete, copper, brass and timber. The walnut timber adds warmth and a refined elegance to the design whilst the bronze mirror is a more lavish finish in the interior.
TwoRuba is located at Hilton London Tower Bridge
5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London, SE1 2BY