The winners in the 34th annual Gold Key Award for Excellence in Hospitality Design were revealed at a ceremony at the Mandarin Oriental, New York on November 10, 2014. The winning designers and projects are:
Best Lobby Luxury
concrete (Amsterdam): Hotel W Verbier, Switzerland
Best Lobby Upscale
(tie) dash design (New York): The Lexington Hotel, New York
(tie) nemaworkshop (New York): W Mexico City
Best Lobby Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Universal Design Studio (London): Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
HBA/Hirsch Bedner Associates (Singapore): Grand Hyatt Hotel Shenyang, Liaoning, China
Best Guest Room Luxury
HDC Interior Architecture + Design (Los Angeles): St. Regis New York, New York
Best Guest Room Upscale
CBT (Boston): Hotel George, Washington, D.C.
Best Guest Room Midscale/Budget/Focused Service
Bill Rooney Studio, Inc. (New York): Residence Inn by Marriott Manhattan/Central Park, New York
HOK (New York): The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz, The New York Palace, New York
Best Restaurant Fine Dining
Meyer Davis Studio (New York): St. Cecilia, Atlanta
Best Restaurant Casual Dining
Schoos Design (West Hollywood, Calif.): Puesto, San Diego, Calif.
Jeffrey Beers International (New York): Moon Club, Paradise Island, Bahamas
Judges’ “So Cool” Award
JOI-Design Interior Architects (Hamburg): Hotel-Kompetenz-Zentrum, Oberschleißheim, Germany;
Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): The Nomad Hotel Rooftop Event Spaces, New York;
Marriott Global Design Strategies (Bethesda, Md.): Marriott Hotels Design Strategy, Marriott International, Bethesda, Md.
Best Timeshare/Fractional Ownership
Indidesign (Los Angeles): Hokulani Waikiki by Hilton Grand Vacations Club, Honolulu
YANG/Yangbangsheng & Associates Group (Shenzhen, China): Haitang Bay No. 9 Resort, Sanya, Hainan, China
Best Eco or Socially Conscious Hotel
COMMUNE (Los Angeles): American Trade Hotel & Hall, Casco Viejo, Panama
Best Hotel Budget/Focused Service
Ester Bruzkus Architekten (Berlin) with DesignAgency (Toronto) and WAF Architects (Berlin): Generator Berlin Mitte
Best Hotel Midscale
Stonehill & Taylor Architects (New York): NYLO New York City
Best Hotel Upscale
G A Design International (London): Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel & Conference Center, Istanbul
Best Hotel Luxury
HOK (New York): Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Nine judges considered more than 280 entries for 19 categories, recognizing outstanding design for hospitality projects that were completed or renovated from March 1, 2013 to March 1, 2014.
“The record number of entries and the quality, creativity and functionality of the submissions all reflect the dynamism of the industry,” said Mary Scoviak, executive editor of Boutique Design.
In addition to the Gold Key Awards, concrete was honored as Designer of the Year at the awards banquet, which corresponded with the fifth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY) trade fair and 99th IHMRS at New York’s Jacob K. Javits Center.
The winning projects, as well as a feature on concrete’s work, will run in the December issue of Boutique Design.
Judges for the 2014 Gold Key Awards were:
Alan Philips, chief marketing officer, Morgans Hotel Group
Dana Kalczak, vice president of design, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Danette Opaczewski, chief operating officer, Ian Schrager Co.
John D. McMullen, senior vice president of construction, Highgate Hotels
Lora Spran, interior designer, senior, Walt Disney Imagineering
R. Tyler Morse, ceo and managing partner, MCR Development
Ron Kollar, chief design officer, Tishman Hotel & Realty LP
Serena Rakhlin, vice president, Hotel Development and Acquisitions, Americas, Trump Hotel Collection
Trisha Wilson, chairman, Trisha Wilson Global