Left and right – or rather, east and west.
A Conran team led by Richard Doone (Managing Director, Far East) and Tina Norden (Associate Director) developed two dining areas for Hotel Icon, a 262-room teaching and research hotel in Hong Kong owned by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The Market is an informal food court and restaurant, inspired by traditional Asian food markets. Above & Beyond is incorporates a fine dining Chinese restaurant, bar, lounge, and private dining rooms.
Hotel Icon is shortlisted in both the ‘Bar/Club/Lounge’ and ‘Restaurant within Hotel’ categories.
On the other side of the world, Conran and Partners’ new development on the site of the old Brighton Astoria cinema took the gong for Best Development at the 2012 ACUMEN Commercial Properties Awards.
Paul Zara, head of Conran’s Brighton team, headed the project, which will create Brighton’s greenest ever offices (the go-ahead was given by Brighton’s Green Party-led council). The plans include a rainwater harvesting system, natural air ventilation and solar shading.
As the judges put it,
“[The Astoria] will create much needed business space and jobs for the growing creative and culture sector in Brighton & Hove. The [architect's] intention to supply employment space located on a sustainable corridor close to Brighton Station and the edge of the North Laine is spot-on.”
Well done all round.
EDIT: the Asia-Pacific Design Awards site now features an interview with Richard to accompany the nomination.