Hotel de la Paix Luang Prabang was named Hotel Project of the Year at the World Architecture News Interior Design Awards 2011. The hotel's interiors are the work of Thai architect Duangrit Bunnag, who also designed the Hotel de la Paix Cha Am Beach Hua Hin from the ground up.
Earlier, the property underwent renovation work implemented on four existing French Colonial residential buildings, and a complete new design has been offered to other eight buildings that surrounded the central courtyard. The interior design concept was meant to be a kiss of modern mind to the ancient history of the city. A wall fabric pattern, with colors inspired by the city's hues, dominates the colour scheme for the guestrooms. This provides an indirect interpretation of locality within the atmosphere.
The property’s floor tiles are dark concrete blocks made within the site using local expertise. Sustainable principles were adhered to throughout. The design for the bed was inspired by the Queen's bed from the city's museum, and the decoration has been kept minimal in line with the modest spirit of Luang Prabang.
The hotel stands upon a UNESCO site in the former royal capital of Laos. Once a governor's mansion, a garrison and briefly a jail, the century old structure has been restored. Today, 23 suites await, each with a walled rear garden and a terrace overlooking a courtyard, some with their own private swimming pools.
The property also features Baan Silpa, a faithfully recreated Laos village where local craftsman and artisans go about their business, around a shaded grass square bounded by two traditional pavilions.
The WAN Interior Design Awards 2011 is an international competition that celebrates and promotes the best in international interior design, attracting entries from all over the world and showcasing winners on a global platform.