The night’s first award went interiors firm LW Design for its work on Dubai’s new Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa.
According to the judges, the key elements of the winning project were its spacious, light-soaked lobby, its integration of the hotel’s environment and context, and the “successful refurbishment and overall design, which succeeded in keeping the essence of the original hotel, while adding a contemporary and fresh polish.”
“The lobby is open to views of the beach and sets the design and style tone for the property,” they said. “Seating ‘islands’ in the lobby are arranged on carpets, which are based on the Dubai Creek and the emirate’s streets.”
Judges also appreciated the incorporation of artwork into the interior design, particularly the David Begbie-commissioned piece ‘Airwave’ – a focal point in the lobby.
Accepting the award were interior designer Rachel Kidd and associate Mark Davies, who attributed the win to the project’s unconventional design.
“It’s quite different than what you see elsewhere in the region,” said Kidd. “It’s also such a well-known property, to begin with and we sort of brought that back to life.”
The Fairmont Quasar Istanbul by Wilson Associates was highly commended in the category, as judges felt it was a “beautiful concept that’s not overdone.” Other shortlisted projects included: DoubleTree by Hilton, Business Bay by Design Worldwide Partnership; Fairmont Fujairah Beach Resort by Stickman Tribe; Kempinski Beirut by HBA, and Media One Hotel by LW Design.
The category was sponsored by Preciosa Lighting, and the award was presented by managing director Martin Fryzelka.