Grand Hyatt Kuwait tells the tale of an ancient culture and modern interior design with influences from the Arabian sea and infusions of Islamic geometry.
KUWAIT – Taking inspiration from waves, dhows and the mashrabiya, Grand Hyatt Kuwait pays homage to the country’s iconic location and traditions, while presenting contemporary aesthetics to the world. As it gears up for a fall opening, the hotel unveils the details of its magnificent interior design, curated by Meyer Davis.
Situated at the tip of the Arabian Gulf, Kuwait owns a rich history for being well known as an oasis of peace and a prosperous maritime port city. This, along with the country’s legacy of sailing, dhow- building and pearl diving, inspired the narrative of exploration and opulence within Grand Hyatt Kuwait.
Upon arrival at Grand Hyatt Kuwait, guests step into a captivating setting. The dramatic hotel lobby houses an exceptional art program that celebrates the region and public areas provide an elegant and dynamic backdrop for meetings, socializing and relaxation.The perimeter of the lobby is swathed in weightless white drapery, while the center of the lobby is anchored by a serene marble water-like feature holding a majestic equine sculpture at the center. The plush interior of the lobby lounge is accentuated by wall panels clad in white geometric patterns, while orbital shapes in the form of an oversized mobile sculpture rounds off the double volume aesthetics. A distinguished feeling of grandeur is established through a bespoke collection of luxury furnishings.
Large-scale artworks were commissioned specifically to fit the theme at Grand Hyatt Kuwait. In some cases, Meyer Davis started with the artwork, and built the interior design around a certain piece. The ultimate effect is one that offers visitors a chance to experience and engage with some remarkable pieces in a way that could be more intimate than at a museum or gallery setting.
302 Rooms with 302 Works of Art
The guests’ sensation of grandeur is carried with them into their private quarters. Each one of the hotel’s 302 guest rooms features a large-scale artwork by Tracie Cheng, whose abstract images of soft flowing lines harken to the billowing sails of traditional dhows that sailed across the waters of the Gulf.
Grand Hyatt Kuwait’s gracious rooms feature signature wooden parquet flooring, book-matched marble in the restrooms, floor to ceiling windows, and thoughtfully planned dressing spaces. Sensibly integrated lighting infuses warmth and drama. Custom-forged geometric screens cast shadows at each guestroom entry, giving a subtle nod to the traditional Mashrabiya, a motif that is repeated throughout the architecture of the building.
“The goal was conveying an authentic pride-of-place through design. There is a cultural steadfastness in Kuwait that has created a commitment to preserving and honoring the nation’s history. At the same time, there is an openness to modernization. We felt it was crucial that the design, craft, and storytelling on display at Grand Hyatt Kuwait was reflective of that great sense of national pride,” Meyer Davis said.
An urban sanctuary Spa
The tranquil Noor spa and indoor pool is worthy of its own narrative and dialogue. While the design is undoubtedly modern, abstract, and fascinating, it boasts an ancient panache. The design of circular symmetry that contain different spa programs whispers privacy and exclusivity.
Through the use of spherical architecture, the flow accentuates the indoor and outdoor spaces as elements that draw upon the positivity that is created by different forms of sunlight, shadows and soft edges. Noor spa was created with an inviting sense of mindfulness and serenity resulting in an urban sanctuary that stands as an oasis removed from the everyday.
Elegant and Elevated Event Spaces
Offering a total of 2,800 square meters of event space that is sophisticated and impressive in quality, the hotel is worthy of the type of weddings and special gatherings that are expected in the country. A major design element in these spaces is the dedication to flow, with a spectacular sky gazing atrium in the events foyer, adorned with brilliant white geometric patterns.
Special emphasis was placed on pre-event zones. The exquisite bridal suite, a plush boardroom, and a fully functional executive office are all adorned with fluted lacquer doors, beautiful vertical paneling, and sturdy geometry that speaks to the strong cultural aesthetic.
The Grand Hyatt Design Recipe
Guests and area residents are transported into a new and exciting world when they cross the threshold of a Grand Hyatt hotel. Unique touches of local flair appear in new forms and uses, imaginatively and creatively transformed from the typical into something unexpected and entirely interesting. Throughout the hotel’s environment, design and décor are enlivened with concepts and detailing inspired by the area’s art, architecture, crafts, customs and archetypes. It is local in essence but reframed and reconstructed to become a part of the uniquely cosmopolitan and distinctively glamorous Grand Hyatt hotel sensibility.
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