Holloway Li designs Wembley ARK, London’s latest co-living space

Co-living brand ARK debuted as a community-focused rental concept with its first location in London’s Wembley Park area. Designed by local studio Holloway Li, the flexible, serviced model contains 300 units that offer accommodation for as little as two nights or as long as a year. The hybrid living and working destination, housed in a former hotel, was designed to serve as a respite from city life, with expansive public spaces that blend traditional post-COVID era typologies.

“Our design concept for Wembley ARK aims to foster a sense of community through a series of domestic and intimate spaces that draw on a low-impact design approach,” said Alex Holloway, Creative Director and Co-Founder of Holloway. Li. “We started by researching the history of collective life to understand how to build a resilient community for the long term, while meeting a variety of desires and interests.”

The interiors are populated with furniture and found objects selected to compose a residential ambiance where furniture is accumulated and collected over time. “Each element has been carefully curated, allowing the space to feel like it has grown organically and feel ‘lived in’ like a home would,” Holloway adds.

Among the public areas are a communal kitchen, dining room, lounge, media room, Peloton spin studio, laundry room, yoga and wellness area, and fitness center. Coworking facilities include private meeting rooms and booths for privacy. Crowning the property is a 3,500 square foot landscaped roof terrace that frames sweeping views of central London. A rear garden is also featured on the roof, lined with allotment beds that guests can use to grow produce.

Each of the private studios is fully furnished with functional storage, a custom-made table, a corner sofa, a kitchenette and a double bed. “Rooms are delineated by millwork elements, such as textured, translucent screens and partitioned seating areas, balancing flexibility with modularity and spatial efficiency,” says Holloway Li CEO and co-founder Na Li. “Inspired by the interiors of river boats and playing on the idea of ​​’the Ark’, we used wooden shelving and panels, subtly reminiscent of a traditional living room, to break up large open spaces while maintaining openness. friendly. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the subtle color palette of sage, sand and taro and enhance the warmth that emanates from it.

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