Further Shortlist Success for GA Design International in the IH&P Awards 2014

GA Design International have been successfully shortlisted for the Hotel Suite Award in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2014. Their project, The Whitehall Penthouse Suite, is a charismatic duplex suite set in a turret of the Corinthia London and conceptualised around the character of a London Politician.

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GA Design International were tasked with creating seven unique Penthouse suites in the fantastic upper floor spaces and unrivalled turret areas of the Corinthia.

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The team decided, based on the hotel’s prime London location, it would be fun to look at a “typical” Georgian street and thought about different inhabitants. They initially came up with about 20-30 different types of people (or characters) and then matched character with space. Location within the building, views of London, internal and external space all played a part in getting the correct personality in the best location to work with the theme. Each “personality” would then have bearing on the finishes and materials used.

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The team conceived the Whitehall Penthouse Suite as being a politician’s, (primarily Winston Churchill who stayed in the original Metropole hotel) and imagined them spending their time at refined gentlemen’s clubs around London; they wanted a powerful space that reflected this. Dark timber wall panelling, leather-panelled bookshelves and bold colours were used to realise the desired look. To contemporise the space the team added a lime wash to avoid it being too heavy or traditional.

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The layout of the lower level gives pride of place to a large bespoke desk, made from dark walnut with a leather inlay. The bathroom features a walk-in shower encased in Nero Marquina stone and a bespoke Apaiser stone bathtub, with flooring formed from three varieties of marble. Outside, the private terrace boasts views of Whitehall and Big Ben, whilst a giant chess set provides a quirky spot of entertainment.

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