HBA unveils design at new Ritz-Carlton, Dubai

HBA / Hirsch Bedner has completed the design of the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, the ninth Middle Eastern property the firm has completed since the opening of their Dubai office ten years ago including the Taj Palace Dubai, Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantura, Amethyst Lounge Beirut and both Abu Dhabi St. Regis hotels.
 
The partnership of HBA and Ritz-Carlton has spanned 20 years and the completion of the Dubai location marks their 26th property. 

Located at the nexus of the financial district of Dubai, the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai, the building covers an entire city block where HBA designed the 350-room hotel and 120 serviced apartments. The property also consists of 300 condominiums and luxury retail.
 
Inspired by grand European hotels like the Ritz in London or Paris, the 14-story limestone building stands in strong contrast to the steel and glass skyscrapers that surround it.  HBA designers used the 1940s French Art Deco as the style reference, offering a cool color palette in contrast to the heat of Dubai as well as crystal chandeliers inspired by jewelry designs from Cartier and Bulgari and colorful Oriental carpets of primarily Eastern inspiration.
 
The hotel main lobby is a tribute to the heritage of a renowned French Art Deco interior designer Jean-Michel Frank. Limestone walls and floors are accented with Frank-inspired straw pattern inlaid wood, while elevator doors in polished metal feature his hallmark starburst pattern.
 
The hotel lobby ceiling features azure Swarovski crystals, serving as a uniting element for the lobby, mezzanine and podium levels.
The Spa stands in contrast to the rest of the hotel, except for the use of sycamore as the wood, featuring white marble, glass mosaics and pale blues and greens.
 
There are three different guestroom plans, 50 suites, including two Ritz Carlton Suites, and a Club Lounge cast in pale ocean blue and gold with cream walls and Anegre wood detailing.
 
The two Ritz Carlton Suites evoke 1940’s Parisian Salons -- the walls in the Parlour and Dining Rooms are upholstered in creamy silk in a pattern that matches the color of the drapery while the study is wood paneled in Tiger wood, and the bedroom has handmade area carpets and silk upholstered walls.
 
HBA has created a retreat in one of the world’s foremost business and leisure destinations with the Ritz-Carlton Dubai. The luxury hotel offers guests an array of amenities and service in addition to four world-class restaurants.

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