Shaw Contract conducted interviews with all firms of all Market Award winning projects from the 2016 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we always like to share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn about the winning projects. These are their stories.
Describe this project in one word.
How does this project demonstrate design impact?
The design plays a major role in the total concept to please and surprise the guests.
Each project is a process. Explain your journey with this space.
In a small province town, we had to turn an old post office building – founded in 1904 – into an inspiring boutique hotel. The idea was to stimulate the guest so that they spend their time not in the hotel room, but in the grand café. We made small rooms, which are very intimate with the TV in the wardrobe. Within the big space of the grand café we created smaller “rooms” by using warm dividers like big curtains and the central bar. The result is an entertaining central space where guests can find a favorite place to do whatever they choose, at any moment of the day. Having breakfast, drinking a coffee, reading a newspaper, dancing, working, having an informal meeting, reading a book, having a laugh and a cold beer. It’s all possible in the same space.
Tell us about any challenges or lessons learned from working on this project.
On trends: Is there anything in particular with this project that is reflective of current culture/society?
This project incorporates a mix of styles and eclectic designs; old and new elements, raw and luxury, hard and soft.