RIBA Regional Awards 2014: North East
Roomzzz – Friar House Apartment
Mawson Kerr Architects
Despite its buzzy name, this is a strong piece of conservation-led design. The derelict late Georgian house has been sensitively converted to provide 14 luxury suites for an apartment hotel.
Internal alterations respect the subdivision and grain of the original interior while establishing a clear distinction between new and original fabric. Original modest slots to help light semi-basement rooms have been extended; their chamfering and lining with white glazed brick and protective clear glass balustrading means the rooms can be used as further suites, promoting the hotel’s viability.