MARRAKECH ON THE MOVE
The Italian brand Baglioni Hotels is scheduled to unveil its first African property, a 5-star, 34-acre parkland resort created in partnership with Ajensa.
Imbuing the interiors of the 80-room boutique hotel, Federico Spagnulo architecture and interior has layered a base palette of beige, sand and brown with accent tones of black, gold and red to striking effect. “Marrakech is a location in which it would be impossible to create a project without some relationship to the regional culture”, observes senior partner Federico Spagnulo, who explains that Baglioni seeks to insert cool local design elements into their established template for luxury.
A double-height lobby, in which a suggestion of the outdoors is planted through the play of light, spills through into neighbouring single-height spaces arranged to promote intimacy. These include the lobby bar where a modern version of the Arabic screen – wenge-finished latticework – is the backdrop to richly coloured rugs and 21st century depictions of Moroccan lanterns. The dark oak, 3d-effect bar backlit by led and crowned with Absolute black granite is finished with strips of white glazing to give the impression that the countertop is floating. For Spagnulo, though, one of the most impressive places is the presidential suite that boasts a double-height living room distinguished by a sculptural black stone fireplace offset with gold inserts. One of the two bathrooms, meanwhile, benefits from a deep Jacuzzi bath enclosed by handcrafted, bespoke patterned surround.
Type of Project: Five stars Resort
Size Data: 8.100 sqm – 80 keys
Special Features: Restaurant, spa, business floor, event center, presidential suite
Services: Turnkey interior design project
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January 15, 2008