Newly Open, These Two Hotels Showcase Thoughtful Design

INTERNATIONAL REPORT—History, local culture and businesses are inspiring hotel design and venues around the globe. Here are some projects to watch:

Australia Hotel Reimagines Public Spaces, Meeting Venues

In Perth, Australia’s business district, is the QT Perth hotel. Showcasing QT’s signature service and design, the 18-story space has 184 guestrooms, a signature bar and grill restaurant concept, rooftop bar and a café.

Nic Graham has thoughtfully designed areas for locals and visitors to come together. QT guestroom designer, Shelley Indyk has created individual and thoughtfully designed guestrooms with handmade ceramics by local craftspeople including Dale Frances.

QT Perth can host meetings and events, complete with bespoke culinary packages and can accommodate up to 315 people with seven conference rooms.

Grand Hyatt Xi’an Honors Ancient History With Design

LTW Designworks reveals the design of the newly opened Grand Hyatt Xi’an in Xi’an, China. LTW was commissioned to design the hotel’s public areas, restaurants, ballroom and meeting facilities, spa and wellness center and all 396 guestrooms and suites.

Known as one of the “four great ancient capitals of China,” Xi’an served as the eastern entrance of the Silk Road trading route. LTW drew its inspiration from the Silk Road’s history, enduring spirit and multicultural handicrafts to create the contemporary interiors of the hotel and modern guestroom ambiance.

The hotel has a double-height reception lobby which is enveloped by a feather-like sculptural white feature wall with patterned timber walls forming wing-like motifs. Two bubble lifts were wrapped with curved laser-cut metal screens with imagery depicting ancient Chinese palaces, bringing guests up to their rooms. In addition, the sky bridge houses the hotel’s multiple food and beverage outlets.