The Dutch product and interior designer Marcel Wanders was commissioned a “fantasy-like environment” for the Mondrian Doha, a five-star hotel designed by local firm South West Architecture for the hospitality company SBE. Located in the city’s West Bay Lagoon neighbourhood, the hotel plays host to 270 rooms, eight restaurants and bars, and a 2,000 sqm ballroom. Wanders began by closely studying traditional Arabic patterns and the imagery depicted in One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of centuries-old folk stories from the Middle East.
“For the design of Mondrian Doha and everything we do, local is super important. To create the hotel, we studied the city and we studied the people,” said Wanders. “Conceptually, we have married local culture with a modern design aesthetic. While many themes are collectively layered throughout the hotel, each individual space tells its own tale.”
White pillars in the building’s entrance lobby are dotted with gold egg-like forms, while lighting is provided by chandeliers encased within large metallic bells. A nearby lounge features photorealistic floral rugs from Wanders’ furniture brand Moooi, which have been placed between pale “tree of life” sculptures. A black helical staircase dominates the atrium and leads guests to a viewing platform. Giant lamps illuminate the room’s seating areas, which have been largely finished with beige-hued soft furnishings that echo the colour palette of Qatar’s deserts. Several other spaces in the hotel are characterized by Wanders’ use of clashing prints. On the 27th floor, which is home to a large swimming pool, a floral-patterned stained-glass dome is contrasted against chequerboard flooring and a monochromatic lift shaft. Throughout several corridors, mosaic tiling is unusually paired with damask-printed carpets. Visit Wander’s page to know more about this project!
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