As architect and interior designer, we developed a scheme for the four-star Hilton hotel in the fixed envelope design and footprint of an existing 1991 planning consent. The consent stipulated the use of traditional materials such as brick, stone and tile — consistent with the local architecture, so we were keen to ensure that in contrast, the interiors would be contemporary, stylish and characterful.
The hotel includes 350 guest rooms, conference facilities and a fitness suite with a sauna and luxury spa. It offers diverse dining facilities including the Gallery Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, the River Bar and Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen. It is in these unique eating areas that we have focused on creating distinct character.
Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen features many hand-restored, original pieces of antique furniture that create a colonial and homely Indian styled restaurant, and in the Gallery Bar, richly coloured furnishings and soft lighting have been used to provide a warm and intimate atmosphere.
Integral to the success of the interior design was our ability to create a sense of intrigue around the large atrium space that provides a central access hub to the hotel’s facilities. Feature lighting and quirky furniture pieces have been used to add interest, intimacy and originality.
The Hilton Hotel is unique amongst its competitors due to its extensive landscaped areas, which make it a destination location for airport users and domestic guests alike.
Client: Rising Star LLP Ltd | Services: Architecture; Interior Design | Size: 350 guestrooms