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Melbourne’s BAR Studio designs Grand Hyatt Hong Kong’s luxurious new Grand Suites

September 15, 2016 Luxury Hotels No Comments Print Print Email Email

Hong Kong’s majestic 5-star Grand Hyatt hotel reveals its newly designed Grand Suites by esteemed Melbourne design firm BAR Studio. 

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Conceived by Stewart Robertson, Principal/Director of BAR Studio, the design inspiration for the harbourside luxury hotel’s new Grand Suites came from the idea of telling a story of fictional travellers.

Highlights the designer,“The greatest challenge of the project was working with the expectations of such a great hotel and trying to take it into the next generation. I was aware of how much people love Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, and how much a part of their history and their memories it is.  We were trying to retain what was great from the original hotel, keeping the hotel’s appeal to the people who already love it, but also appeal to the next generation.“

Robertson and the team at BAR Studio imagined a group of sophisticated, rather eccentric travellers and the cultural journeys that led them through the doors of the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong. For each traveller, a suite was conceptualised.  A unique and personal style was created for each one; distinct in materials, patterns and character.  And yet, as a whole, the stunning new Grand Suites are a refined collection of exclusive, residence-like spaces within the hotel.

Recognising Hong Kong’s position as a gateway between the East and the West, and a link between centuries-old Chinese heritage and the contemporary world, Robertson fused clean lines and modern simplicity with traditional Asian influences and accents.  All of the suites are located on the top floors of the hotel with spectacular views of the city skyline, Victoria Harbour and the Kowloon Peninsula.  Each feels like a personal sanctuary, connected to the city below through those incredible views that create a true sense of place.  With an emphasis on luxury, intelligent planning and functionality, beautiful materials are layered with personality to create elegant spaces.

The new Diplomat Harbour View Suite has been conceived by BAR Studio for an imagined ‘Aristocratic Adventurer’: an explorer, a bon vivant, a well-travelled visitor looking for sophisticated charm.  The 80-square-metre space has a generous sitting area and is serviced by the exclusive Grand Club lifts.  The palette contrasts beautifully, with ebony timber and black lacquer paired with pale walls, while black and white marble and minimal detailing juxtapose with ornate mouldings.  Modern timber furniture is layered with exotic details such as embossed leather, and mid-century touches are seen in the lighting.  Objects, sculptures and artworks add a bold sense of drama and suggest a connoisseur’s eye for collecting.

The Ambassador Harbour View Suite has been designed for a traveller possessing ‘Bohemian Chic’.  It’s a 110-square-metre space that features a soft palette of pale timber, leather, stone, golds and bronzes, accented with dark timber framing.  Complete with a sitting area, as well as separate dining room, entertainment area and pantry, this room is for the fictional free-spirited sophisticate who has passionately explored the exotic East.  Textures create interest, such as paisleys, prints and Chinese-influenced fabric designs – seen in the hand-painted, embroidered Fromental silk wall covering – and also the woven marble mosaic in the bathroom.  Hervé van der Straeten’s dramatic bronze wall sconce adds a note of sophisticated primitivism, and together with the considered collection of lighting, contemporary and classic art, the suite has an air of eclectic elegance.

The ultra luxurious 400-square-metre Presidential Suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the breathtaking views, as well as a welcome foyer, principal living room, junior living room, study, steam room facility, and 10-seat dining room with a pantry and a butler entrance.  The master bedroom has walled-in, walk-in closets leading to a generous marble bathroom with full harbour view.

In the ‘Contemporary Eclectic’ Presidential Suite, BAR Studio imagined a sophisticated, urban traveller for this pared-back modern space.  Finishes and textures create the contrast in the subtle palette of soft greys, white marble and pale timber.  Modern and traditional elements sit side by side in a mix of Asian and European design influences: a classic Chinese armoire is placed with contemporary sofas and artwork; a green silk wallcovering is the backdrop for objects, ceramics and glass pieces; a modern interpretation of a four-poster bed anchors the bedroom; and silk curtains, with subtle textural and tonal details, add softness.  Photographic artworks bring in a sense of the city and are paired with richly hued paintings.

The ‘Classic Traditional’ style of a second Presidential Suite was conceived by Robertson to have a more classic and tailored design for a traveller who appreciates the finer things in life.  Cultured without being conservative, the palette includes black and white marble, black-lacquered timber and rich silk wallcoverings.  A mix of Asian and antique furniture is complemented with details such as hand-finished metal handles and pulls on doors, and hand-painted, embroidered, customised Fromental silk wall coverings.  Verre eglomisé – backed with silver leaf and hand painted with a design of blossom and branches – creates a backdrop to the freestanding bath, which stands on a marble mosaic floor in black and white. In the dining room, a classic silk wallcovering is juxtaposed with contemporary art, and rich tones of blues and reds. Crystal chandeliers add to the overall effect of relaxed sophistication and refined tastes.

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