A Quick Look at Some Cool Hotel Designs Coming in 2012
Remember the guys who brought you the sperm-shaped urinals at Trump Panama? Well, in the spirit of our recently-launched (and super hot topic-y) 2012 Master List of Hotel Openings, we were a little curious to see what else the design wizards at HBA had cooking on the stove.
Though their total project list spans 21 properties, a few in particular stand out: Four Seasons Guangzhou, Park Hyatt Hyderabad, Sheraton Fuzhou, and Waldorf-Astoria Ras Al Khaimah are all places we'll be keeping a close eye on as they gear up for their respective 2012 grand openings. We love nothing more than unique, well-executed, culturally-relevant design, and these places have it all.
Though we can't quite make out the white sculpture at the far end of Park Hyatt Hyderabad's atrium (above)—some sort of cat? or god?—we love the scale of those high black marble columns and curvy chandelier over the low rounded bench below. Proving, once and for all, you don't need urinals with tails to really make a lobby pop.
Though, what would a 2012 design preview be without a cool bathroom rendering? The above bathroom will be enjoyed by guests of the Presidential Suite at Sheraton Fuzhou. Not exactly in everyone's price range, but look at that view! And the oblong marble tub! And the detail on the floors! We'd swoon, if we weren't so sobered by the fact that we probably can't afford to stay in this suite anyway...
HBA certainly knows how to pick 'em. With a client roster that includes Waldorf-Astoria, RItz-Carlton, Four Seasons, St. Regis, Grand Hyatt, and of course, Trump, this company is literally working at the top of the line—and the locations, many of them centering on Southeast Asia, are all pretty exotic!
They can hire us as official room design testers any day of the week...