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2013 BOY Winner: Foreign Hotel (Yabu Pushelberg)

  • PROJECT NAME W Guangzhou
  • LOCATION Guangzhou
  • FIRM Yabu Pushelberg

What’s dubbed the Living Room at this chic, boutique-minded luxury property by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg is a theatrical update of the conventional hotel lobby. From its 40-foot ceiling, the two Interior Design Hall of Fame members suspended a cloud of vertical metal rods by Studio Sawada Design. Their linearity offers a contrast to the long and low upholstered seating arranged on the gleaming floor of book-matched granite. In another juxtaposition, walls are lacquered white, while full-height dividers are dark grids of bronze, gold-tinted mirror, and translucent glass. Similar bronze structures, except with cherry-tinted glass, rise around the reception desks, organic forms in more bronze. Stone is another key materials choice, appearing on the columns parading toward elevator bays and lining the bathrooms upstairs. 


Project Team: 
Tara Browne; Marcia Macdonald; Winny Mal; Jonathan Sotto; Kevin Chan; Allison McNell; Calland Lee; Wendy Lee; Paige Alix; Lin Lee.