This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features the pristine, paradise destination and beautifully designed luxury resort on the picturesque Vommuli Island in the Maldives. An island destination recognised and designed by four ecological zones, the beach, the jungle, the coastal and the lagoon area. In order to satisfy the client’s brief and also to fulfill the aspiration to create something truly unique, the exterior and interior design establishes a strong eco-awareness, expressed through a modern and contemporary architecture and interior design. Balanced by design elements which act as a respectful nod to the tradition, local culture, and the values of St Regis. The whole resort is emotionally and intellectually experienced and enjoyed, but with a profound awareness of the complex relationships of the eco systems being inhabited. Through the experience of each space and place, and the stories it tells, we hope to inspire our guests to understand more about themselves and the precious world we live in.
Company: WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Project: St Regis Maldives Vommuli Island
Project Location: Maldives
What was the client’s brief?
To build a leading resort in the Maldives that will be sensitive to environmental issues but yet be a luxury resort destination that will justify the development expense without sacrificing superior guest experience.
What inspired the design of the project?
The inspiration for the interior design stems from the natural pristine beauty and ecology of the atoll and the desire to create eco-awareness to conserve and protect as much as possible the existing island. We think that nature itself is the source for design and not simply the man made world.
What was the toughest hurdle your team overcame during the project?
The toughest hurdles are logistics and associated time and costs issues to build in the middle of the ocean. The longer the time, the higher the costs and the greater the environmental damage. We worked hard to holistically control these issues and yet build with quality and precision.
What was your team’s highlight of the project?
Without doubt the highlight of the project was the opportunity to come so close to the raw elements of nature and the local culture. We are so delighted that upon completion our guests have a similar encounter that makes Maldives as a destination a real eye opener.
Why did you enter the SBID International Design Awards?
We entered SBID awards to seek recognition and exposure to the international design world as an endorsement of the highest calibre.
Questions answered by Wong Chiu Man, Managing Director of WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring the proverbial bar for one of chef Vivek Singh’s latest additions to the Cinnamon brand family, click here to see more.
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WOWArchitects | SBID International Design Awards 2018
This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features the proverbial bar for one of chef Vivek Singh’s latest additions to the Cinnamon brand family. Cinnamon Kitchen in Oxford is his first restaurant outside of London and offers all day dining in a stunning setting. The sister restaurant was designed by DesignLSM, the hospitality design specialists behind the award-winning Cinnamon Bazaar and most recent launch of Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea Power Station. The decor combines a contemporary and pared back aesthetic with subtle elements reflecting the intricacy and elegance of Indian architecture. The new establishment includes a large destination bar on the ground floor, an openplan kitchen, chef’s table and a semi-private ‘Pagoda’ room. The 4,000 square foot restaurant serves modern-Indian cuisine with British influences. A focal feature is the impressive bar made from Caesarstone’s cutting-edge quartz surfaces; 5143 White Attica. Framing the space is a vibrant array of green ‘beetle’ style seating, creating a social and inviting setting for patrons to enjoy pre & post dinner cocktails.
Carly Zaver, Senior Designer from DesignLSM says; “The technical qualities of Caesarstone’s quartz makes it an ideal fit for bars and hospitality design. Being extremely durable and stain resistant compared to natural marbles, Caesarstone quartz is a perfect solution for applications that demand a beautiful, high quality finish. As quartz is non-porous, it is well matched to food preparation and service areas. This was key for the restaurant’s kitchen pass, where hygiene is paramount.”
Read what else she had to say about this exciting restaurant project…
Project: Cinnamon Kitchen
Project Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Our brief was to bring Chef Vivek Singh’s popular Cinnamon Kitchen brand to the city of Oxford, creating a relaxed all-day Indian dining destination on the rooftop gardens of the new Westgate shopping centre. The restaurant offers a social and inviting setting complete with an exotic garden terrace, which allows diners to take in resplendent views of the City’s famous spires.
What inspired the design of the Project?
Inspired by the intricacy and elegancy of Indian architecture, the interior design combines a contemporary and paired back aesthetic – featuring decorative whitewashed wall paneling, bespoke pendant lighting and luxurious marble finishes; harmonizing together to create a refined ambience that strongly reflects the ethos of the Cinnamon brand.
Despite the site being in a prominent location, it was important that we created a point of difference to other restaurant offerings within the area. We achieved this by designing an enticing outdoor terrace conjuring the exotic essence of an Indian garden with exquisite arrays of rich and greenery and relaxed alfresco furniture.
Working with Vivek and the amazing Cinnamon team is always a joy, we have loved helping them expand their portfolio with their first debut outside of London; along with the openings of Cinnamon Bazaaar and Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea. This project was a great challenge for us to create a refined and elegant dining environment. Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford offers a different feel to its sister restaurant whilst still in keeping with the true persona of the brand.
Questions answered by Carly Zaver, Senior Designer at DesignLSM
If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring the ideal destination designed to provide relaxation and entertainment for the residents of a prestigious development in Shanghai, click here to see more.
DesignLSM | SBID International Design Awards 2018
This week’s instalment of the #SBIDinspire interior design series features the idyllic residential destination designed to provide relaxation and entertainment for the residents of a prestigious development in Shanghai, as part of an overarching design concept of art and culture within the region. Using ‘flora’ as the primary source of interior design inspiration for this 3500 sq metre clubhouse, the project is complete with lounges, private rooms, indoor swimming pools, and even an indoor basketball court to cater to the luxurious and artistic lifestyles of the local residents.
Company: A.RK Interior Design
Project: Gallery Clubhouse
Project Location: Shanghai, China
Gallery Clubhouse is designed to provide relaxation and entertainment for residents in a residential development in the upcoming district of Hong Kou, Shanghai. This development is one of the most prestigious developments in Shanghai with an overarching design concept of art and culture, so creating a luxurious, art gallery-esque type design scheme essential.
We looked no further than towards nature for our design inspiration for this project. Throughout the entire clubhouse you can find elements of flora inspiration; from the mosaic wall patterns on the changing room feature wall, the floral patterns and colours used in the lobby area rug to the bespoke, hand-blown crystal chandelier in the entrance lobby. Every piece of furniture, light fixture and custom rug is treated like a piece of art would be in a gallery; all drawing design inspiration from various flowers and natural forms.
The ground floor lounge complete with 250 pieces of hand crafted crystal leaves that shimmer from the ceiling is one of our proudest achievements. The aim was to mimic the style of a luxurious hotel lobby, with groups of comfortable seating and a coffee bar. The stunning ceiling details light up with different colours and each crystal twinkles to exude the essence of luxury we wanted to capture.
SBID International Design Awards is not only a very prestigious award to be part of, it is also an honour and a testimony of the great minds of peers in the design industry.
Questions answered by Agatha Teng, Creative Director and Founder at A.RK Interior Design
If you missed last week’s Project of the Week featuring a lavish villa apartment in the coastal province of Southeast China, click here to see more.
A.RK Interior Design | SBID International Design Awards 2018
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