From a modern hotel that gives a nod to Suzhou’s soothing gardens, to a bar that looks up to the Northern lights, the winning designs certainly took a leaf from nature’s book for inspiration.
For their creativity, eight projects were feted at the recent LIV Hospitality Design Awards 2020, which was held virtually.
The inaugural awards was open to architects and interior designers around the world who have created outstanding projects in terms of living and eating spaces, from co-living to beach resorts, and fine dining restaurants to pop-up bars.
The awards, organised by Farmani Group and 3C Awards, received over 400 submissions from 55 countries, covering 64 categories.
The panel of jury comprised architects, designers, hoteliers, developers and leaders in interior design and architectural fields.
“We truly believe in the power of hospitality architecture and interior design to foster exceptional guest experience, ” says co-founder and programme director Astrid Hebert.
"As such, we are very pleased to announce the winners of our first edition, who will receive prestigious recognition, acknowledging their company’s expertise while gaining greater exposure. We wish to congratulate all winners and participants for taking us on such an incredible journey, ” she added.
Here are the winners:
Park Hyatt Suzhou, Suzhou, China
Reimagined as a modern version of a traditional Suzhou manor, the Park Hyatt Suzhou in China embraces the rich history of the city.
Taking a cue from the city’s picturesque gardens, the hotel is organised around a series of internal and external garden courts. The layout invites guests to explore these manicured landscapes, similar to how one would experience the Suzhou gardens.
The hotel’s facade gently slopes down towards an adjacent park in the form of landscaped terraces while ensuring a great view of Jinji Lake nearby.
Lead designer Josh Chaiken, from Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, incorporated a sense of traditional Suzhou architecture into the space via textured white terracotta panels, grey metal window frames and warm metal fins.
Northern Lights Bar at ION Adventure Hotel, Selfoss, Iceland
The Northern Lights Bar by Minarc is a great example of sustainability and being in sync with the outdoors.
Nestled on top of a series of high-seat pillars – ornately decorated pillars arranged on either side of the high-seat (throne) used by the head of a household in ancient Viking communities – the restaurant is located in the middle of a remote lava field where Mount Hengill and Thingvellir National Park converge.
Its double-height floor-to-ceiling windows offer an unobstructed view of Lake Thingvallavatn and, in the right conditions, the vivid dancing lights of the north.
Its interior features natural and recycled materials, with sustainable practices adopted extensively throughout the lounge.
Chairs and couches are built from recycled wood, while tables are made from reclaimed wood pallets. Hanging lights made with recycled corrugated cardboard illuminate the bar and lounge area.
An Introduction of the Unique Bamboo Lodge, Yibin City, Sichuan Province, China
In this project, lead designer Yang Yongquan used the different textures of bamboo as his form of spatial expression.
The room interior is designed with bamboo strips and bamboo skin. The bamboo weaving is arched, forming the unique skin of each space.
The top of the corridor is constructed with original bamboo, offering an experience similar to strolling through a bamboo forest. Shadow patterns formed by the bamboo weaves add to the aesthetics of the place.
Virgin Izakaya Bar, Kyiv, Ukraine
Spread over 405sq m, the Virgin Izakaya Restaurant is located in an industrial estate in the Kyiv city centre.
The original building was built at the end of the 18th century. In this project, the designers were tasked with maintaining the existing architecture and the authentic elements of the building as much as possible.
“We have created an atmospheric, conceptually complete space – brick walls, rough wood, oxidised metal and bare concrete stand opposed to the warm and pleasant atmosphere, created by the right statement of light and greenery, ” said lead architect Artem Zverev, co-founder of Yodezeen studio.
Natural materials were utilised extensively, with tabletops made of natural wood, lamps made of copper, and seats and chairs made of wood and natural leather.
Four other winners in the awards are:
Feathery Snowflakes Hotel, Lake Braies, Italy
Lead designers: Lin Yu Chia and Chen Yu Hao
University: National United University, Taiwan
Farewell to Life (kitchen and dining space) at Mater Calvary Hospice, Newcastle, Australia
Lead Designer: Edwin Khai Vun Ho
University: University of Newcastle, Australia
GoodDay & GoodNight (residental living), Los Angeles, United States
Lead Designer: Irene Lee
School: ArtCenter College of Design, US
Dim. Boutique Restaurant for Dim-sum, Los Angeles, United States
Lead Designer: Helene (Weixin) Huang
School: ArtCenter College of Design, US
For the full list of winners, click here.