Our second commission for a prominent Westfield site was a new beauty bar at the entrance to Westfield London’s £600 million expansion. The expansion has made it the largest shopping centre in Europe, and so our design needed to stand out from the crowd. We created dramatic, shell-inspired cocoon in lustrous brass to house a range of treatments.
We chose to move away from the conventional, white, clinical look and instead embrace colour, warmth and drama. The free-flowing, lustrous brass cocoon that we created is inspired by the natural form of a shell, and its associations with beauty through Boticelli’s iconic painting The Birth of Venus.
We found a method to achieve such a high level of sculptural detail while maintaining a finish that is 75 percent real brass through intensive research and development, relentlessly pushing the limits of our materials. The lustrous exterior is complemented by a soft palette of dusty pink hues in the interior to exude a sense of luxury.
The shell-like form, which opens like a break in a wave, provides privacy and comfort for a range of treatments, maximising on space and utility within the limited footprint of six by four metres. For example, the surround sculptural walls are designed to have a secondary function as seating.
Location: Westfield London, London, UK
Status: Completed in 2018
Size: 24 sq m
Key materials: GRP with 75% brass powder
Key services: Design, visualisation, construction drawings, construction management