Haute ho­tels

Pre­sent­ing win­ners of the Asia Ho­tel De­sign Awards 2016.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - FRONT PAGE - By WONG LI ZA star2@ thes­tar. com. my

THE nom­i­nees ranged from a ho­tel that blended cul­ture and so­phis­ti­ca­tion in the heart of Bei­jing to a lux­ury re­sort amidst lush padi fields in Cam­bo­dia and a bou­tique ho­tel that re­tained the rich her­itage and his­tory of its premises.

The Asia Ho­tel De­sign Awards ( AHDA) 2016 re­ceived over 130 en­tries from 60 projects in 12 dif­fer­ent coun­tries across Asia and the Pa­cific. In the end, two ho­tels dom­i­nated the cer­e­mony, bag­ging al­most all the awards be­tween them.

The awards cer­e­mony was held on March 10 at Sin­ga­pore’s The South Beach, a ho­tel by renowned French de­signer Philippe Starck.

Or­gan­ised by Sleeper mag­a­zine, an in­ter­na­tional pub­li­ca­tion for ho­tel de­sign, de­vel­op­ment and ar­chi­tec­ture, the awards marked its se­cond edi­tion this year.

The cov­eted ti­tle of Asia Ho­tel De­sign of the Year went to Phum Baitang, a lux­ury re­sort lo­cated near Siem Reap, Cam­bo­dia.

De­signed by Paris- based ar­chi­tec­ture and in­te­rior de­sign firm AW2, Phum Baitang, or “green vil­lage”, is si­t­u­ated amidst 3ha of ver­dant gar­dens and padi fields. Its 45 wooden vil­las on stilts are heav­ily in­flu­enced by tra­di­tional Cam­bo­dian de­sign, with 25 vil­las hav­ing pri­vate ter­races and the rest in­cor­po­rat­ing pri­vate plunge pools.

The AHDA also gave out the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion Award, an hon­our which went to Adrian Zecha, In­done­sian hote­lier and founder of Aman­re­sorts.

“The qual­ity and di­ver­sity of the nom­i­nated projects is a real tes­ta­ment to the cre­ativ­ity and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the de­sign­ers and ar­chi­tects in­volved, and all those who were short­listed can be proud of their achieve­ment,” said Matt Turner, Sleeper mag­a­zine editor- in- chief, in com­ment­ing on the awards.

“The win­ning projects were a stun­ning show­case of the best ho­tel de­signs in Asia over the past 12 months. We were also hon­oured to be able to ac­knowl­edge Adrian Zecha’s out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the in­dus­try over the past five decades,” he said.

Phum Baitang also won Best Ar­chi­tec­ture un­der the Re­sort cat­e­gory, beat­ing three other re­sorts: Alila Seminyak in Bali, In­done­sia; The Pavil­ions Hi­malayas in Pokhara, Nepal; and The Ritz- Carl­ton Sawan­gan, also in Bali.

Mean­while, The Old Clare Ho­tel in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, won Best Ar­chi­tec­ture in the Ur­ban cat­e­gory, beat­ing strong con­tenders like Ho­tel Vagabond in Sin­ga­pore, The South Beach also in Sin­ga­pore, and The Tem­ple House in Chengdu, China.

De­signed by Aus­tralian ar­chi­tec­ture firm Tonkin Zu­laikha Greer, The Old Clare Ho­tel stretches across two her­itage- listed build­ings, The Clare Ho­tel pub and the Carl­ton & United Brew­eries Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing.

The 62- room bou­tique ho­tel, si­t­u­ated along Kens­ing­ton Street in the sub­urb of Chip­pen­dale, is the first Aus­tralian ho­tel from the un­con­ven­tional Un­listed Col­lec­tion.

The Un­listed Col­lec­tion is a group of unique bou­tique ho­tel prop­er­ties and restau­rants in Sin­ga­pore, Lon­don, Shang­hai and Syd­ney. Its ho­tels are lo­cated within her­itage build­ings that have been re­stored and re- adapted for mod­ern, con­tem­po­rary con­cepts.

On th­ese pages are the win­ners for best in­te­rior de­signs in var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

— Photo: Asia ho­tel De­sign Awards 2016

Win­ner: The Asia ho­tel De­sign of the year 2016 is awarded to Phum Baitang, a lux­ury re­sort set in the middle of padi fields near siem reap, Cam­bo­dia.

Over­all win­ner: Ho­tel of the year 2016 and Best Ar­chi­tec­ture ( re­sort) Phum Baitang in Cam­bo­dia, by AW2. — Pho­tos: Asian Ho­tel Awards 2016

Bar: The Cigar & Cock­tail Bar at Phum Baitang, siem reap, Cam­bo­dia, by Zan­nier Ho­tels.

Event Space ( Con­fer­ence, Ban­quet­ing & Meet­ings): VIP Func­tion room at The ritz- Carl­ton Ma­cau, by Hirsch Bed­ner As­so­ciates.

Best Ar­chi­tec­ture ( Ur­ban): The Old Clare Ho­tel, syd­ney, Aus­tralia, by Tonkin Zu­laikha Greer.

Suite: Bei­jing House at rose­wood Bei­jing, China, by BAr stu­dio.

Lobby, Lounge & Pub­lic Ar­eas: rose­wood Bei­jing, China, by BAr stu­dio.

Spa & Well­ness: Phum Baitang, siem reap, Cam­bo­dia, by Zan­nier Ho­tels.

Bed­rooms & Bath­rooms: rose­wood Bei­jing, China, by BAr stu­dio.

restau­rant: red Bowl at rose­wood Bei­jing, China, by BAr stu­dio.

Zecha was hon­oured for his ef­forts in the hos­pi­tal­ity field with the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion Award.

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