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Part 2: SBID International Design Awards

Part 2: SBID International Design Awards

If you’re looking for a designer hotel break, a good place to start would be the SBID International Design Awards shortlist. Having covered the Retail Design finalists in our last blog, this time we take a look at some of the world’s most beautifully designed hotels.

Titanic Hotel

Three UK hotels are among the 15-strong shortlist in the Hotel Design category. These include: the extraordinary Titanic Hotel, created by Adi Studio within a lovingly restored Grade II listed brick warehouse in Stanley Dock, Liverpool; The Boutique Church Suites housing four futuristic suites custom-designed by The Cranleigh Boutique and housed in a 350-year-old building in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria; and YTM Group’s Ibis Styles Edinburgh Centre project in St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, which has been distinctively designed in true Scottish tartan tradition.

Nobu Hotel Manila

Pictures of the Nobu Hotel Manila make a trip to the Philippines very appealing. Rockwell Group, the design practice tasked with creating the ultimate in luxury for guests, designed the hotel – with its 321 guest rooms, 335-seat Nobu restaurant, lobby and outdoor terrace – to incorporate Nobu’s ‘truth-to-materials’ aesthetic. The same company enlivened Virgin’s first property, Virgin Hotel Chicago in the USA, mixing its casual, downtown vibe with the usual red hallmarks of the Virgin brand.

Kempinski Hotel Changsha

Also in the Far East, Hirsch Bedner & Associates have elevated the five-star Kempinski Hotel Changsha in China to true grandeur. “In this case, we wanted to reduce the impression of emptiness and to classify the lobby on a scale of prestige,” the designer explains. “We’ve introduced a layered effect delineating the interior volume into several planes of varying heights such as the suspended ceiling profile, the grand chandelier and water feature in the centre of the lobby, simultaneously creating a rhythm and sculptural effect, together with the full-height decorative screens as a backdrop with patterns reminiscent of the Changsha ‘Star City’ culture highlighting the space for a unified visual connection.”

Hotel Reichshof Hamburg

It looks as impressive as it sounds, but that’s not to miss out the equal grandeur of another finalist: JOI-Design Interior Architects’ efforts with the Hotel Reichshof Hamburg. Here, a flexible brief has led to some very memorable design. Empire and Art Deco aesthetics are fused with modern comforts and local cultural references, culminating “in a stylish interpretation of the Curio brand’s calling card: uniquely storied hotels that provide travellers who have a passion for discovery with a taste of the authentic flavour of communities.”

SBID (the Society of British and International Design) is the professional accrediting organisation for the UK interior design industry and its annual awards are a calendar highlight. We are looking forward to the winners being announced at The Dorchester hotel on Friday 27 November at 12pm. For the full list of Hotel Design, Retail Design and other finalists, please click here.