First Creative Spark by HBA
In order to match an architectural envelope designed by renowned architect, Ettore Sottsass, Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA) utilized geometry, primary shapes and colors, and black and white when designing the hotel and recreation center at Sifang Collective. Everything is based on geometrical volumes and touches of color without being overwhelming and blended with the softness required to make this space the wellness center it was intended to be. The balance between hard and soft is studied in every area to avoid the feeling of being in a museum. The walls, for example, are divided in an irregular gridline of shapes, whereas their texture is a warm white stucco. The floors are rhythmed by woolen rugs, designed as geometrical forms. The furniture is an eclectic mix of bold contemporary items, with the right balance of neutrals and colors. Accessories decorate the spaces and add to the casual feeling overall.
With 22 unique rooms designed for this property ranging from 43 square meters to 79 square meters, the emphasis was placed on the light atmosphere creating a sense of space with generous walk-in wardrobes and five fitting bathrooms featuring freestanding bathtubs. The visual impact rests on the views toward the surrounding nature.
GRAND HYATT EMIRATES PEARL
Second Creative Spark by MKV Design
Internationally renowned hotel interior architecture + design practice, MKV Design, is responsible for the space-planning and design of all the hotel and apartment interiors in the 45-storey Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Residences Emirates Pearl. Located in one of the most prestigious areas of Abu Dhabi, the “city resort” is adjacent to Etihad Tower and the Presidential Palace, looking towards the gardens of the Emirates Palace on one side and, on the other, the Arabian Sea. Destined to be a new architectural landmark in the city, the astonishing “twisted” oval tower rises from a five-storey podium. On guestroom floors, the rooms fan out from the central core providing each room with a magnificent view over the city or sea.
Working with the developer, MKV Design created a concept that was contemporary, timeless and which distinctly belongs in Abu Dhabi. Despite its size and the soaring volumes of its public areas, there is a human scale to the hotel and its understated elegance strikes a sophisticated tone designed to appeal to both international guests and the local community. It was therefore a concept that readily met the requirements for a Grand Hyatt when the operator was appointed several years later.
MKV’s concept combines four key narratives which reinterpret iconic regional symbols into a modern experience – the sand dunes of the desert, the water that surrounds Abu Dhabi, the fire of a Bedouin camp and the pearl. In fact, it was the designers who suggested “Pearl” as a name, referencing the pearl fishing of Abu Dhabi’s past and introducing an element which converts into a charming feature that threads through the hotel. Layout also ensures that the hotel is closely connected with the world outside. Not only do large terraces to all the guestrooms, apartments and public areas provide an unusual amenity in this region, but views from the inside are skilfully framed to enhance the sense of connection with place.
SETAI GALIL LAKE HOTEL
Third Creative Spark by NOUS Design
Setai Galil Lake hotel is one of the unique properties that were granted permission to build a low-rise luxury hotel on the shores of the Galil lake.
The hotel is immersed in the surrounding natural beauty of the local vegetation, the Galil and Golan mountains.
Each building forms a pavilion whether it is our welcome hall, the food court, the social area or relaxation den. Using the unique architectural design with surrounding glass to these buildings and the design enhances the indoor- outdoor relationship.
Belonging to Setai Group, this hotel was a joint effort with Feigin Architects. This luxury hotel of 110 luxury suites that have direct access to individual lap pool.
Public areas which include- a large reception, restaurant, lounge building, a 14-treatment room Spa with a wellbeing complex, outdoor bars and pools.
The entrance to the hotel via the reception mirrors an oasis, a welcome tent with side partition that imitate the eucalyptus trees guiding the guest view towards the water and lake.
The restaurant has a very simplistic and relaxed attitude. Louver wooden dividers to this large space enhance a guest a sense of unique experience.
The large central table has a large display showing the wealth of the unique Middle Eastern cuisine with decorative elements from the region.