According to Vanity Fair, the two have fully immersed themselves in the project, "just like we would deal with a film"; going so far as to interview the sons of the hotel's founder, George Sax.
The hotel will feature multiple restaurants, a 16,000-square-foot spa, a cabaret, and a cinema. We can't wait to see if some of Luhrmann's films influence the design: the seductive reds of Moulin Rouge, perhaps, or the gaudiness of Strictly Ballroom (though we're feeling a little burned out on the Gatsby-esque art deco this year).
If you have a spare three minutes, you really must watch the overly dramatic promo video at Faena's website, in which Luhrmann and Faena congratulate each other on their good work and get giddy with excitment. The hotel is "like a movie but it's real". Says Baz. "Yes!" Says Alan: "a movie that will live forever!"
[Photo and Rendering: Faena]