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Opening December 10, Muir, an Autograph Collection hotel, will welcome guests to a refined, distinctly Nova Scotian hospitality experience. Muir is the cornerstone of Queen’s Marque, a new urban waterfront district in the center of downtown Halifax and is inspired by the enduring spirit, culture, and character of Nova Scotia.

Envisioned, developed, and operated by the Armour Group, and designed by architecture practice MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, Muir is an example of “Born of this Place” design, honoring character, materiality, and heritage through the art of architecture. At Muir, MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects employ a deep understanding of local vernacular, modern, clean lines, and honest materiality to impart a clear and pure sense of Nova Scotia.

Throughout the property, forms portray a contemporary marine, wharf-like design. At the entrance, guests are welcomed by the “Light Chocks,” an architectural art installation featuring a pair of glowing columns incorporating abstract Fresnel lenses, similar to those used at the iconic Sambro lighthouse. Materiality also makes a meaningful connection to place – from local materials including salt and pepper granite and sandstone to Muntz metal, a copper alloy prominently used in shipbuilding. Together, these elements provide an indelible sense of place and meaningful connection.

Muir’s interiors and furnishings are the work of Alessandro Munge, founder and principal of Canada’s Studio Munge. Throughout Muir, custom furniture and lighting, designed and crafted in Canada, reflect a modern interpretation of East Coast design. Rooms and suites are richly textured with curved white oak walls and plank flooring – a subtle nod to luxury ocean travel. Spa-like bathrooms are lined with granite and feature a separate wet room surrounded by frosted glass suggesting a subtle haze reminiscent of Halifax’s morning fog.

Photo: Courtesy of Muir


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