Luxury hotels are now becoming fine art spaces

Luxury hotels are now becoming fine art spaces

The new Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi features more than 2,000 pieces of art and sculpture.

From having no operating properties in the UAE two years ago, to now opening its third, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts has made a firm stamp in the GCC, with six hotels across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar, and another in the pipeline for Kuwait.

The Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi at Al Maryah Island opened its doors on May 5, 2016, soon after the Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre. The 200-room luxury hotel, developed by Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure, is connected to The Galleria, Abu Dhabi Global Market and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, and is set to draw both tourists and the local community to its doors.

PLP Architecture designed the 34-story glass building to the Estidama – Pearl 2 standard for sustainable urban planning. With its pattern of copper coloured “baguettes” inspired by the colourful textiles of the souk, energy is conserved by shielding direct sunlight while not compromising the hotel’s views of the city skyline and Arabian Gulf.

At night, a speckled effect is created between the baguettes, with random lighting making it appear like stars from a distance.

Inside, natural light is used in public spaces, restaurants, meeting rooms and guest rooms designed by Richmond International and HBA.

Art also plays an important role for the hotel, both internally and externally.

Sam Ioannidis, general manager, explains further about the relevance of art for the hotel: “Abu Dhabi is interesting, the Louvre is opening up, so to be part of the community that is respectful of art and appreciative of art is really key. We have over 2,000 pieces of art and sculpture [within the hotel]. We’ve been focused, through our partners to buy art which is locally inspired, with a modern twist to that inspiration.”

Every part of the building has a different art piece, with each piece telling a story, according to the general manager. “Between the sculpture and the art, there is a story and it was very important for us to create and develop a story. The outside of the building is quite an artistic piece with the baguettes, and taking the imagery and feeling from the souk to create those fabrics. That’s where the colours and the shapes came from. And walking over water to get into the building. It’s a very artistic feel to the building.”
This fall, the hotel will open Butcher & Still, a Chicago-style steakhouse with interiors by AvroKO and Café Milano with interiors by Adam Tihany.

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