The GA Design and their hotel project ‘Langham Sydney’ have been shortlisted for the Asia-Pacific Hotel 50-200 rooms Award at the International Hotel and Property Awards 2015.
The refurbished Langham Sydney is an exercise in classic luxury with a narrative that references the history of the iconic Langham brand.
The brief was to communicate the story of the hotels’ grand history whilst simultaneously reinvigorating the space with contemporary elements combined with classic references.To give the hotel a high-end residential feel, rich, elegant, materials and Colonial-style features were introduced aiming to produce unique yet timeless spaces.
One of the key features at the hotel is the significant collection of artworks by renowned Australian artists which can be seen throughout the Public Areas. On entering the Lobby the guest is greeted with a fresh and light space of luxurious and rich materials that hark back to the historical splendour of the Langham Portfolio such as the stunning floor of Calacatta marble featuring an Art Deco inspired design. In order to help achieve a greater volume to the space, the Lobby area was extended and the grand staircase removed which floods the new Lobby with natural light improving the overall ambiance of the room.
The luxurious guestrooms have been designed to maximise the residential feel with designated areas for sleeping, relaxing, and dining; each area having its own character. Painted shutters opening onto terraces, high ceilings, and panelled walls continue the reference to Langham’s colonial heritage whilst a bespoke curved lacquer bar gives a personal feel to the room. The linen feature bed with studded headboard adds to the high-end luxe feel of the whole room and colours have been kept light and classic with splashes of more vibrant teals and golds accented in the cushions and accessories.
The Palm Court is key to the Langham culture. The design of this new space was heavily influenced by the English heritage of the Langham brand and the tradition of the “tiffin tea”; the aim being to give the historical tea ceremony a contemporary re-vamp. Citrus golds and shades of teal adorn the elegant and striking Palm Court. With decadently sized tub chairs and a formal yet relaxed layout the room makes an ideal space for the renowned Langham afternoon tea. The beautiful gold-studded central banquette seating and painted colonial style shutters continue the theme of a luxury residence whilst a feature display counter of bespoke tiffin tea canisters adds a unique and quirky element to the space. A feminine touch adds further depth to the design with delicately embroidered floral cushions and sumptuous petaled rugs. By evening Palm Court provides a sophisticated backdrop for a signature Langham cocktail expertly prepared at the leather and stone bar which acts as a slightly more masculine focal point and doubles up as the Bar for The Dining Room.