This luxury hotel and residential development sits on 10 acres located just 20 minutes south of the international airport. The five-star property includes 547 guest rooms, 147 serviced apartments, a business center, health spa, fitness center, pool, and 108,000 square feet of retail.
Due to its proximity to the airport, the structure could not be more than six stories tall, and local mandates required that 15 percent of the site remain open. To attract major conferences and customary weeklong wedding celebrations, the hotel project includes a 900-seat grand ballroom, meeting rooms, four restaurants, an entertainment center, and below-grade parking for 1,000 cars.
Challenging zoning requirements called for an ambitious design to meet the expectations of sophisticated international travelers. The courtyard complex with a large, landscaped garden in the middle is modern yet timeless, with subtle local and cultural references. Each component complements the others while retaining a distinct identity and a clear separate entrance. The main building, with its deep porte-cochere, has a curved facade of banded glass and aluminum that stands in subtle contrast to the stone-clad wings.