Anarchitect's minimalist desert retreat in Sharjah has won the Interior Design of the Year: Hotel award at the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2019.
Al Faya Lodge has been transformed from two single-storey stone-built structures from the 1960's into a contemporary boutique hotel, with a newly-built saltwater spa.
Jonathan Ashmore, founder of Anarchitect, said he hoped the hotel would encourage people to discover new places in the UAE.
“This project is so much about the Middle East, about the UAE. It’s a project that we brought back to life and we wanted it to be another great experience for people to enjoy the desert context in Sharjah... I think the beauty of the project is that people will get to see another part of the UAE that they may not have seen before.”
The judges described the project as brave and boundary-pushing while maintaining a level of restraint with a design that responds sensitively to its environment.
Highly commended for this category for its “refreshing and holistic” approach is Lulie Fisher Design Studio's Vida Emirates Hills Hotel.
The other shortlisted projects included Al Alamein Hotel by H2R Design, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai by KCA International, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira by Designwilkes, W Dubai The Palm by dwp, Shaza Makkah by Intercon, Al Manara Luxury Collection Hotel by MMAC Design Associates, Waldorf Astoria DIFC by Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart & Associates, and Vida Harbour Point by Godwin Austin Johnson.
The CID Awards 2019 was kindly sponsored by the following partners: Roca; Preciosa; BSH Walls & Floors; American Hardwood Export Council; Vitra; NGC Nafees; Huda Lighting; USM; Interface; Franke; Finasi; Bradley; GDM Interiors; Cosentino; Geberit; Emkay Interiors; and Rattan House.