The concept for Langham Haikou was formed from the brand itself, which was the first Grand Hotel in Europe, steeped in the historical values of form. Use of Arabescato marble, white and cream panelled walls and fresh white painted fibrous plaster cornice and embellishment to the ceilings hold a traditional backdrop that is interlaced with ‘modern’ be that an eclectic mix of furniture or indeed contemporary fabric wall finishes and decoration. Traditional lamps are oversized, modern sculpture and art decorate whilst mid modern furniture shares the space with traditional pieces, mixing seamlessly within the historical backdrop.The colour palette used varies through the spaces, from soft shades of colour with plum, blush and warm greys within the guestrooms providing a shower of warmth to the cool toned panelled that surrounds it. Within the All day Dining and Bar the ambiance is more masculine, using no more than two tones in each space gently layered to provide chic and majestic interiors which whisper understated elegance. The Bar is gently brought alive with the mint green leather bar stools and wall panels and the modern geometric marble inlays, re-invented from its historical past.When the finished hotel was unveiled, both the client and the operator were incredibly happy with the completed design. It is now the operator’s number one global property, which is clearly reflected in the elegance and luxury seen throughout the design. The team at SRSS met the brief perfectly.