Design Firm: EDG
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver has a storied past; originally one of the many hotels along the Canadian Pacific Railway, constructed in phases during the 20’s and 30’s, it provided a luxury experience for guests as they explored the country. The design team was brought in to develop a new design concept that would set the stage for the hotel’s rebirth, combining the playful, urban spirit of Vancouver with the sophisticated, stylish sensibility of the Fairmont to position the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver as an icon in the city. Focusing on arrival, public space and the social experience, including lobby, registration, dining and lounge, the design team created a design concept to refresh the hotel’s identity, creating contemporary and relevant spaces for today’s Vancouverite while building on the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s heritage and legacy.
The design concept was inspired by the romance of travel, celebrating the hotel’s history as a luxury hotel along the Canadian Pacific railway. Details, furnishings and luxurious finishes pay homage to the original hotel’s spirit, inviting guests to enjoy the classic, ebullient environment for dining, meeting and relaxing here in the center of Vancouver. Key design features include an enhanced porte cochere and a relocated guest registration and concierge to create a unified arrival experience. A central lounge now functions as a lobby, bar, lounge and dining venue, serving as the heart of the hotel with a series of spaces that are stylish, comfortable and activated with service. The main lounge is organized around a central allee, a see and be seen walkway, that unifies the group of salons, forming the central lobby core. The allee has, at one terminus, the original hotel entry and at the other, the new lobby bar, which includes a vibrant backbar and design elements that play on the hotel’s history.
The lobby lounge boasts full height decorative metal screens, punctuated by evocative, contemporary chandeliers that enhance the sense of path. Key details in the lobby lounge include wood veneer marquetry wall paneling, leather and velour seating and period details. A Speakeasy venue, located behind the bar and lounge, provides an intimate, social environment with patterns, fabrics and a design optimism that celebrates the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’s 1930’s heritage. The lower level space is punctuated with tin ceilings, recalling the rum-running of Vancouver’s heyday.
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver invites guests to gather over drinks and a bite to eat in a space with a stylish new take on a long, establish history.VOTE HERE