2019 GOLD KEY AWARDS
BEST LOBBY LUXURY
THE DESIGN FIRM: AB Concept, Hong Kong
THE MUSE: Make guests part of and spectators for the theater that is this hotel.
THE MAGIC: The space is a-maze-ing. “W Xi’an uses light to present a series of mazes as a dynamic journey for guests to unravel the wonder of the cultural city, Xi’an,” says Ed Ng, principal, AB Concept.
THE MAVERICK MOVE: Finding the emotional impact in abstraction. “Large hanging glass swirls create a constant flow of silver waves above the lobby like a time labyrinth,” says AB Concept principal Terence Ngan. “A large, eye-catching multimedia digital art installation reminiscent of the Tang dynasty architecture welcomes guests through a floating garden entrance.”
THE MESSAGE: Sniper design isn’t always the answer. From the surfacing to the furniture, there is a wow moment from every perspective.
PHOTOS: OWEN RAGGETT