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Dutch Master Marcel Wanders to Design the Mondrian Doha, Opening in 2015

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May 1, 2014 at 10:41 AM | by | Comment (1)

Morgans Hotel Group will bring its high-stylin’, nightlife-lovin', hotel experience to Qatar, with the (delayed) opening of Mondrian Doha in early 2015. And guess who is creating the interiors? Marcel Wanders , who also did Mondrian South Beach and Andaz Amsterdam.

The planning, design, and project oversight is by the local firm South West Architecture (SWA).

The Mondrian brand is known for glamour-infused, high-fashioned design, originating on the Sunset Strip back in 1996 with the Mondrian Los Angeles (replacing the previous Le Mondrian, which opened in 1985). Back then, owner Ian Shrager was master of ceremonies of the design.

This will be Morgans’ debut in the Middle East and one of four upcoming Mondrian hotels outside of the US (the others are London, Baha Mar, and Istanbul.) This will total seven hotels worldwide for the brand.

The objective that drives each new hotel is to recreate the vibe and high energy of the Sunset Strip, where it all began. As with all Mondrians, the center of the world is the lobby, where everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame – some more than others.

The Mondrian Doha design emulates a falcon, which is a prized possession in Qatar and can cost more than a Tesla (if you have to ask how much…). Yeah, the overhang at the entrance resembles a beak, and the sweeping lines that hug the building could be the wings. Whether or not we got that right, it should fit right in with Doha’s growing architectural stage.

The hotel will have 270 rooms with 60+ suites, and a penthouse. Thatsa lotta suites, but par for the course in this neck of the woods. Expect a glossy nightclub, state-of-the-art conference facilities, indoor/outdoor rooftop pool, and a “world class spa.” Since we can’t confirm this, we’ll say that rumors abound as to the restaurants planned for the new Mondrian. It’s looking like some New York brands may be represented, one “Japanese” and one “American.” Any tips?

We notice that the hotel rendering above is devoid of nearby buildings, compliments of Photoshop (look closely). The construction photo below shows the most obvious next door neighbor, known as the “zig zag” building. We’d take it out too.

Source: Abatera Tourism

[Rendering: Toscana Venture; construction photo: Construction Week Online]

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