Interior designer HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates has finished renovating three spaces for the Grand Hyatt Dubai: the Ahasees Spa and Club, multi-event venue Al Manzil and The Living Room lounge bar complex.
Lounge bar The Living Room contains a central bar clad in textured metal extending into each of the living rooms, with a ceiling of “light boxes” containing color changing LEDS. Meanwhile, artwork frames food as art, with a cheese room flanked by wine towers within a large picture frame.
The Velvet Lounge is inspired by Middle Eastern color, with hues of purples, magenta and gold. A velvet”sheen is articulated in curved walls padded in soft leather, leather floor tiles and upholstered leather furniture. The European Lounge has Louis VX chairs and antique mirrors against a white backdrop. Entry is through a glowing burnt orange portal in high gloss lacquer.
The Chinese Lounge boasts reds and blacks. Two oversized chandeliers in crystal and velvet are the central feature. One wall depicts a photographic scene from a Chinese nightclub and silk fabric panels abound.
HBA also redesigned and expanded Ahasees Spa and Club, with features including a local palette for the pool, spa and wellness facilities.
The lower level is in white marble, with contrasting dark tones of walnut woods and copper metals. Arabic design is engraved into bronze-tinted glass shower doors. The new upper level spa is in soft tones and finishes. Tactile soft surfaces were created using silk wall paneling and leather – on staircase handrails and reception tabletops. In the relaxation rooms, featured are customized stone cut angled walls, and sand dune photographs with Arabic poetry inscribed.
HBA also designed Al Manzil, Grand Hyatt Dubai’s “Residence” multi-event venue for meetings and events. The venue has six meeting rooms, a lounge, family room, conservatory and open show kitchen in the dining room.
In local culture, Arabic homes are often built around a central courtyard. Similarly, guests enter Al Manzil through grand timber paneled doors into a central courtyard. To one side is an open kitchen with lounge and dining areas. Meeting facilities open off to either side, followed by the conservatory.
Al Manzil is curated with Arabic patterns, inspired by designs found in door-hardware around the city and hand-crafted local jewelry. An artwork collection is fashioned by Arabic motifs with a contemporary twist. Other features include: contrasting colors and finishes in dark red onyx marble, red velvets, bronze metal, dark timbers and embossed leathers in cream and tan. The kitchen is clad in warm honey onyx with dark timber. Cookbooks, spices, oils and coppered pots and pans are displayed, as are potted herbs.
HBA has been increasingly active in the Middle East since opening a dedicated new office in Dubai in 2000. High-end projects have also included Taj Palace Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anatara, Ritz Carlton Dubai and Amethyst Lounge Beirut.