Virserius Studio Compete for the Lobby/ Public Areas/ Lounge Award in the IH&P Awards 2015

design et al are delighted to announce shortlist success for Virserius Studio in the International Hotel & Property Awards 2015. The Hyatt Regency Montreal Lobby will compete for the Lobby/ Public Areas/ Lounge Award in the fifth annual awards.

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Located in the Place Des Arts in Montreal, the Hyatt Regency had always sponsored a tremendous amount of cultural activities. However, prior to the renovation, the design of the hotel was completely disconnected from its involvement in the local arts.

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The goal was to create an artistic journey for the guest where they could experience literature, fine arts, music and film in a subtle, sophisticated and surprising way. When the guests arrive at the hotel, the first thing they see is a map of the world laser-cut out of corten steel. The steel will age over the passage of time, a reminder that everything is always in a constant state of change.

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As you enter the lobby on the lower level, you see that the map has been transformed into a wood planking structure. As a further extension of the theme, a topographical pattern is woven into the hand-tufted carpet. An example of the ordinary becoming extraordinary, this depicts a cartographer’s work as an artistic expression.

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 The elevators bring the guests up to the main check-in level where they step out on a New York Blue stone floor and walk toward the check-in area. This features a cantilevered wood canopy that has been laser cut with a beautiful abstracted flower pattern that is backlit. The concierge desk was conceived as a freestanding sculpture that would break from the typical concierge desk.

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The guests’ passage through the hotel becomes a journey through art and storytelling which compels them to continue to explore and enjoy yet another stay.

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