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B+H Architects believe in the power of design to transform spaces, communities, and economies. The studio enables their clients’ visions through customized designs that exceed their business goals and inspire the people that live, work, heal, play, and learn within them. In this article, we will talk about the bold interior design ideas from B+H Architects!
B+H Architects view every challenge as an opportunity for learning and never lose sight of the people they are designing for – regardless of the type of development, scale, scope, or geography involved. The studio bold design solutions are inspired by the confidence that’s derived from honed insight, active listening, fearless entrepreneurialism, and a collaborative fusion of perspectives. Design performance achieved through constant innovation, accountability, hands-on service, cultivating talent, and being a champion for diversity in all its forms – these are the things B+H Architects value.
For over 70 years, B+H Architects have worked with clients across the globe to design buildings and environments that are inspiring, functional, and contextual. They build homes, design cities, and improve infrastructure for sustainable industrial development and urban living. The studio global team of architects, designers, planners, engineers and other specialists, provides best-in-class consultancy across the full urban, industrial and infrastructure development value chain. Their global workforce of over 14,500 employees across more than 130 offices are driven by progressive thinking and creative ideas.
Redesigning the dated interior of this traditional lobby bar and restaurant into a modern industrial design that matches its locally sourced menu. Once a traditional lobby bar built-in 1998 Stock and Supply was transformed into a neighbourhood restaurant with a small plate menu with locally sourced ingredients and unique beverage offerings. The raised floor plate was expanded over a grand lobby stair that was underutilized due to vehicle access at the other end of the lobby. The design centred on a feature bar in the primary line of sight supported by a variety of seating options, all now visible from the main lobby. An exposed ceiling creates an unexpected moment linking the establishment to the many food and beverage interventions in the adjacent Gastown area – the historic heart of the young city. The design palette for the space is fresh with a vibrant graphic floor tile. The design pulled inspiration from the Gastown district mixed with a modern palette with bold graphic elements. This restaurant offers a warm and approachable environment in one of Vancouver’s trendiest areas.
Situated in the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui, one of Hong Kong’s most vibrant precincts, the Humphreys provides guests with a cosy yet modern home away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The property was originally a 10-storey post-war commercial building that was once used as a hotel and closed in 2012. The client acquired ownership of the 50-year-old building with an intention to gentrify the premises into an elegant and comfortable serviced apartment branded within the concept “home away from home”. B+H Architects design team was responsible for providing façade refurbishment as well as interior renovation for key public areas and bedroom suites. The renovation work has not only given the exteriors a brand-new look, but it has also converted the lower floors into retail shops and restaurants, and the upper floors from 4/F to 8/F into fully furnished serviced apartments. The building now offers 20 contemporary 1- and 2-bedroom suites, ranging from 27sq.m to 33sq.m. The project has also rehabilitated the rooftop into a terrace, providing an urban oasis for guests to catch glimpses of the city’s skyline. The renovation has preserved the historical legacy of the old Tsim Sha Tsui, and more importantly, brings back the beauty of the long-forgotten classic post-war modern architecture. The success of this effort is publicly recognized, as Humphreys won the Merit Award for Maintenance and Rehabilitation as part of the 2019 Building Surveyor Awards. The renovation has not only saved an old dilapidated building from being demolished, but it also gave it a second life as a mixed-use destination that serves the community. The client’s objective is to provide guests with a cosy home away from the hustle and bustle of the Hong Kong streets. Despite the compact size, each apartment suite includes a fully equipped kitchen, a multi-functional area for dining and working along a bedroom. Sliding partitions allow guests to separate living and sleeping areas while keeping the compact apartment feeling light and airy. In order to deliver a warm and relaxing atmosphere, wooden materials and soothing colours were purposefully selected as the base of the design, while the contemporary touches in the details keep things modern. The neutral colour palettes throughout the furniture and fixtures deliver an utterly homey atmosphere, while the metal detailing on the cabinets and the champagne finish of the sockets and door locks add a contemporary touch to the overall ambience. In addition to the use of saturated accent colours with brown undertones, the interior design team has thoughtfully placed accent pieces with layers of soft textures to warm-up space. The metallic embossed headboard with heavily patterned and richly textured fabrics evokes a sense of luxury whilst maintaining a timeless vibe.
Featuring 283 guestrooms, a reception lobby, ballrooms, executive lounge, sky lobby, an Italian and Chinese restaurant, swimming pool, and roof bar, the 5-star Ritz-Carlton in Shanghai provides the utmost in luxury for business and recreational travellers as well as those looking for upscale function space. Located in Pudong, the Ritz-Carlton is part of a development composed of two high-rise towers and one high-rise apartment tower, strategically designed to preserve land use. B+H Architects responsibilities as Executive Interior Designer included coordination of the key elements required to ensure the smooth and timely delivery of the interior spaces. Managing the interior fit-out, we coordinated all activities required by sub-consultants and assisted the client in making timely decisions regarding changes to the original design based on site conditions. B+H Architects worked onsite to coordinate and manage construction, ensuring that any issues be met with solutions based on the interior construction drawings we developed and detailed. B+H Architects responsibilities also included the task of reviewing and approving all interior design materials, adjusting as required to realize the high quality required of a Ritz Carlton property.
Myanmar, a region closed off to the world until as recently as this decade, is undergoing a major tourism renaissance, and at the forefront of this phenomenon are two visually arresting 5-star and 4-star luxury river cruise ships, the RV Samatha & RV Princess Panhwar. This design project, completed in 2015, marked the first foray into the hospitality transport sector for B+H Architects interior design studio. Because of the unique setting of this project, the B+H Architects client was looking for custom design concepts that were true to their context. This proved to be no easy feat for the design team as they soon realized that they, as did much of the world, knew very little about mystifying Myanmar, its culture, and its geography. From Mandalay to Yangon, the cruise ships sail down the Irrawaddy (Ayeyarwady) River and offer guests a rare and intimate glimpse into Myanmar’s rich cultural diversity. As such, the ships’ designs had to be a floating representation of the entire region. Achieving a design solution that suitably represented a diverse culture in a politically complicated region required extensive research, so the design team travelled to Myanmar and nearby neighbours Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to meet with clients, observe, learn and document their findings. In the end, the team produced two distinct design solutions that respect and pay homage to the beautiful landscape while recognizing local and regional cultural differences. The vessels, which include guest suites, a lounge, sun deck, lobbies and public spaces, restrooms, opulent corridors and a centrepiece restaurant, strike a fine balance between traditional ornamentalism and modern luxury. Warm, sophisticated colour pallets, rich woods, and geometric forms and patterns speak to Myanmar’s history and culture while celebrating its diverse landscapes, exceeding the expectations of the modern traveller.
The design of a distinct hospitality experience within the subset of a well-known 5-star brand. The second Shangri-La in North America following the acclaimed location in Vancouver, this 5-star luxury hotel occupies the first seventeen storeys of a hotel and residential tower on University Avenue – a major artery in downtown Toronto. Offering guests breathtaking views of the city, a stay at Shangri-La Toronto offers luxury accommodations for guests travelling for business and pleasure in Canada’s largest metropolis. B+H Architects design team at CHIL Interior Design, the hospitality studio of B+H, was responsible for function spaces, the theatre, the Miraj Hammam spa, the gym, and 200 guestrooms including the Owners and Presidential Suite. The design aesthetic throughout the hotel reflects traditional Chinese details married with clean and modern elements. Guestrooms feature contemporary and exquisite Bianco Statuario marble-clad washrooms complete with traditional Chinese vanities and deep soaker tubs. The spa provides guests with an authentic experience through Old World traditions brought into the modern-day. Inspired by ancient rituals of the Middle East and the vineyards of Bordeaux, there are two large Hammam steam rooms, a relaxing room inspired by Alhambra – a palace and fortress in Spain – and nine treatment rooms including a dual treatment/couple’s suite and Vichy room.
The luxury 5-star Shangri-La in Vancouver provides guests with well-appointed rooms, suites, and restaurants in addition to first-rate amenities. The first of the chain in North America, CHIL Interior Design, the hospitality studio of B+H, designed the function spaces, theatre, Chi Spa, gym, and 119 guestrooms including the owners and presidential suite. This luxury hotel is located in the heart of downtown Vancouver and occupies the first fifteen floors of the tallest building in the city—a mixed-use skyscraper. Positioned between the mountains and the sea, the rooms feature glittering skyline views and stunning mountainous backdrops. Guests are invited into the luxury of the space from their initial entry at the lobby where they can relax and unplug at the bar and lounge. An opulent getaway, this modern hotel offers a welcome reprieve from busy urban living. Suites display luxurious comfort with distinct Asian touches. Warm latte tones are enriched by golden hues and offset by darker wood panelling and sleek Italian furniture. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring in plenty of natural light to enhance spaces. The sense of relaxation continues with the Chi Spa. Drawing its inspiration from the origins of the Shangri-La legend, the spa presents a place of personal peace, enchantment, and well-being. With five treatment suites and a larger couples’ suite, each room features a fireplace, private bath, shower, relaxation lounge, and changing areas.
Located southeast within the Metro Vancouver area, Surrey, British Columbia, is a city experiencing a time of transformation. Historically overshadowed by its neighbouring municipalities including Richmond, Burnaby, and Vancouver, Surrey is now a destination for businesses and new homeowners due to its affordability and emergence as an urban centre and growth node within the lower mainland. This growth was a catalyst for the renovation of 279 guest rooms and corridors of the Sheraton Guildford which had not been updated since 2008. The concept for the hotel was guided by the design philosophies of structure, refinement, distinguishability, urban elegance, and effortlessness. It was essential the design elevate the guest experience through particular attention to details such as geometry and form, creating a refined and timeless environment. The guest rooms are outfitted in sophisticated, neutral tones, at once establishing a calming and inviting atmosphere. Greys, both muted and deep, warm tones of cream and sand, dark woods and unexpected pops of colour work together to create an urban ambience and compliment the scenic mountain views of the surrounding area. Geometry is immediately identifiable throughout the design – from the chevron-patterned wallcoverings to the dramatic custom headboards and detailed carpeting. The eye is drawn around the room, where all elements work in unison without overpowering one another in this balanced design. The new design of the Sheraton Guildford’s guest suites encompasses a structured sophistication that stays true to its evolving yet timeless brand.
The design for Mosaic Victoria Townhouse Unit B is a sophisticated mix of vintage collector pieces and fresh modern elements. Space is designed for a young family with growing, active children. Spacious kitchens support family DIY pizza nights with counter height stools and a large island to gather around. Pots and pan are hung at the ready for the more adventurous cook in the family. The living room has feature millwork, vintage and collector accessories, and books and art throughout. Unit D interiors have a white + walnut colour scheme and a lively feel with bold colours and patterns. The space is modern and full of personality. The living room features bold blues and yellows and a feature lounge chair. Unit E interiors are elegant, rich and ornate, yet modern with clean lines. CHIL designed a theatre room for movie nights and a master bedroom that sets a relaxing tone with its richly textured feature wallcovering. Balanced by thoughtfully placed gold accents, the living room is designed for the reflective type and has a feature bookshelf where art books and unique objects surround the abstract art centrepiece.
Inspired by the vibrant, urban energy of Toronto’s downtown core, the interior design concept for Novotel Toronto fuses timeless design with unique flourishes to update the property and give it a strong voice and new perspective. Guest rooms are washed in a soothing palette of deep greys and neutral tones, creating a serene and calming atmosphere. A beautiful black-and-white skyscape comprises the wall behind the beds, helping guests to feel as though they are in another world, far from the hustle and bustle of the city below. It calls to mind the modern traveller who spends a great deal of time up in the sky, both physically and mentally. Here, though, they can rest and recuperate to take on their next journey. Millwork finished in deep walnut tones add richness and depth to space while custom lighting creates a luxurious experience. The design exudes modernity, simplicity, and restfulness. Every need is met, but in the cleanest of ways, enabling the guest to clear their mind and focus on what matters most for them. The carpeting utilizes a bold geometric pattern to reflect the urban atmosphere, but in the same pallet of greys to keep the feeling calm. The guestrooms feel decidedly urban while also providing a respite from the chaos of the city outside. The clean lines and modern aesthetic extend to the guest bathrooms which are given a modern and sophisticated update.
Inspired by humble beginnings, Prova Bar and Kitchen at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel turns back the clock to the city’s origin to evoke a sense of place and explore its former incarnation, Bytown and the booming Ottawa River timber trade dating back to the 19th century. The entire space is a subtle nod to simpler times, celebrating the idea of workmanship, sparking the desire for things to feel handmade. Embracing a sense of community, the open floor plan feels welcoming and inclusive with great visible connectivity while maintaining just the right amount of privacy to diners. The obvious feature is the central seating area anchored by an architectural wood structure that serves as the backbone of the restaurant. In terms of materials, wood was and still is a staple of Canadian trade. A beautiful light blond wood species was chosen to uniformly adorn the interior, a reference back to the original concept of timber. The bold mosaic tile floor pattern is a playful interpretation of the stereotypical Canadian lumberjack’s garment. For a splash of colour, deep greens from the pine needles and evergreen trees are present in the fabrics and tiles cladding the bar front. Most of the fixtures and furnishings are bespoke including the handmade book art installation located above the lounge area meant to mimic logs. The pendant fixtures are a combination of black metal and raw wood spheres for detailing. The chairs are constructed with honest materials using simple techniques with wood, leather and caning, materials prevalent during the timber trade era. The final design effortlessly fusses together simplicity and drama with a warm liveliness.
The Toronto Athletic Club occupies three of the top floors in a Toronto-Dominion Centre tower. Stratus, the bar and restaurant of the ‘Club Above’ in the heart of the Financial District, needed a renovation that would transform a dated, unmemorable interior into a destination befitting the iconic modernity of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto-Dominion Centre architecture. The desired ambience was elegant yet relaxed: space would be rented out for events such as weddings, but at the same time the club’s owners wanted members to put on casual clothes after a workout and feel comfortable dining there. The owners also sought a design that would make it possible to hold multiple concurrent events. In less than 3,000 square feet, the design team created a versatile sequence of varied yet aesthetically unified zones. From the elevator, a spectacular view to the exterior opens up through the central bar area, while lattice-like bronze metal screens with mirrors inserted into them layer a veiling of privacy over seating areas on either side of the space. A 90-degree turn leads into the dining area, which can be subdivided into two rooms and/or closed off from the bar by pivoting doors. A 10-seat private dining room partially enclosed by curving, bottle-lined glass screens adds to the range of spaces. Prior to the renovation, Stratus was a members-only venue serving breakfast, lunch and early dinners. Now open to the public, and open later in the evening, its revenue has doubled.
Inspired by Singapore’s affluent, cosmopolitan energy, the design of the VUE rooftop bar & grill exudes modern elegance with subtle touches of intricate details throughout its high-end, stylish finishes. This ranges from the Italian furniture selection to view-oriented, efficient spatial planning and integrated lighting curated and programmed to adapt to the changing ambience throughout the day and night. Accessible via a private elevator, you are welcomed into a bejewelled path and entry hallway with an impressive showcase of a floor-to-ceiling wine display and bespoke art, punctuated by a tall mirrored ceiling creating a bold sense of arrival and anticipation. Entering the main dining area, guests will be awed by the sudden expansion of spatial volume formed by the cathedral-effect, barrel vault ceiling made of oxidized copper against the backdrop of the spectacular Marina Bay, evoking a sensational moment. While luxurious ink and tan leather seats create a comfortable setting, the warm lighting from the lamps lined along the refined millwork wall softens the overall atmosphere. The exclusive private dining room is outfitted with a generously sized custom-made table made of exotic wood veneer, chairs clad in beautifully detailed leather, rich wool and silk area rug all while being surrounded by deep millwork and gold accents. This is an in-vogue dining experience with equally unparalleled views of the skyline. The outdoor rooftop spritz bar offers an open and light-hearted drinking space topped by the occasional sea breeze and panoramic city views. The overall composition of exquisite materials and natural finishes delivers the impression of atmospheric luxury, yet with a visible uniqueness and appreciation of the finer details. The elegant interiors and echoless acoustics invite VUE guests to savour fusion delicacies as they enjoy the stunning vistas of Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline over intimate conversations.
The beauty of Islamic Gardens is often reflected in paintings and traditional carpet weavings. The lavish use of flowers in the Garden of Paradise inspired the weaving of floral design, creating the renowned Garden Carpets. Conversely, carpets have also inspired garden designs, and herein lies the concept of the Carpet Garden Villa. The Villa is a modern interpretation of a traditional garden carpet, which commands a design approach that is intimate and luxurious, rendered in contemporary composition. The intention is to seamlessly weave architecture, interiors, gardens and sculptures to form a tapestry of experiences. The villa design demands a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and landscape; it is a design trajectory inspired by local culture, climate, site assets and potential. The design intentionally creates spaces that are unique, inspiring, and textural. The spatial fabric of the villa lives in concert with the natural rhythm of its surroundings. There is a careful weaving of moments, space, and time catered exclusively for those within the private walls of this hidden oasis within an otherwise hostile environment – a site surrounded by mid-rise buildings and adjacent to a parking lot. Inspired by the traditional use of carpets to shelter and shade, veiled screens are methodically draped over the Villa to contribute to its pervading sense of privacy and to shield it from intense heat. Sourced from local materials, their translucent nature gently diffuses incoming light to cast intricate shadows on interior spaces, creating an ethereal texture that translates differently throughout the day. Working collaboratively with sculptor Colin Okashimo, carefully selected art installations anchor the Villa plan and complement the tree orchards, cascading water and ornamented fragrant gardens. They weave the entire development together forming a rich three-dimensional tapestry composed of courtyards, intimate gardens, reflecting pools and vistas. Gardens at the Villa take the form of the four-fold geometric classic order of an Islamic garden. The gardens are named after the water channels that divide the courtyard into four parts. The Garden of Water is the Villa’s continuous lifeline, extending from the main dining water feature. The Garden of Milk offers a calming palette of hard and soft white materials and elements. The Garden of Honey strikes a fine balance between the formal and informal, restraint and freedom. Finally, The Garden of Nectar creates a tantalizing aromatic experience. The Carpet Garden is a place for rest – to sit, relax the body and mind, to retreat and enjoy worldly delights and to escape the tensions of everyday existence. It provides a comfortable and pleasant microclimate, making it an ideal place for an open-air reception, or on the first-floor terrace gardens – a place for sleeping or sitting in the evening. The design of The Carpet Garden Villa embodies serenity, sophistication and pure elegance. It is a sanctuary in which to live, retreat, enjoy worldly delights and escape the tensions of everyday existence. The harmonious weaving of the gardens into the built form provides a place where shade and cool water can be privately enjoyed year-round.
Originally a ginseng farm on the outskirts of one of the fastest-growing cities in history, the site of the You You Grand Sheraton International Plaza became a bus depot to support the ever-expanding demand for public transit. In time, the metropolis has expanded to surround it and the entire area has evolved into the financial district of Pudong. The landowner – a Ginseng farmer turned successful developer, having already built one of the first hotels in the area -wanted to revitalize this block. With a new subway being developed beneath the site and its adjacency to the Expo 2010 lands, the developer recognized the site’s potential as a pivotal component in the shift of the area to becoming a more enticing destination. The winning entry in an international design competition, this development spans two large city blocks and is connected by a pedestrian bridge at the second-floor level. An office tower and its extensive four-storey retail podium dominate the east block while the You You is an element of the duo of hotel and service apartment towers that rise from a three-storey base of amenities on the west block. This pedestrian-scaled podium includes a spa, conference centre, restaurants, and lobbies – all of which surround a public courtyard. A unique shopping experience in an elegant space in the east block allows both locals and tourists to take advantage of an upscale retail galleria. The curvilinear triangular form of the towers capitalizes on the fact that there are impressive views in all directions in this part of the city, the result of which is an elegant yet dramatic presence on the skyline. A combination of Eastern and Western design principles, a modern North American approach to architectural science and technology meets traditional Asian building design. Embodying the highest standards, this 5-star hotel creates social animation on the ground level with its landscaped courtyard and echoes this idea through sky gardens of multi-level heights and a soaring atrium. Establishing public areas of respite, leisure and gathering along three axes, the development responds to the intensity, density and vigour of the city.
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