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2 0 19 G O L D K E Y AWA R D S

BEST RESORT
WINNER

FAIRMONT MALDIVES
SIRRU FEN FUSHI

SHAVIYANI ATOLL, REPUBLIC OF MALDIVES
THE DESIGN FIRM:  Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA), Singapore
THE MUSE: Everyone's day dream-getting stranded on a
deserted island. If you did, what are a few things you'd hope to
find? How about an open-air restaurant with an all-bamboo bar
that makes you feel like you're submerged in an effervescent glass
of champagne? Or maybe a 200-m. swimming pool that traverses
the length of the island? So much yes...
The Fairmont Maldives is a 120-villa love letter to the country's 1722-sq.-ft. Sirru Fen Fushi island, penned by HBA in Singapore. Guests can choose their experience, from a beachfront
retreat to an over-water hideaway or even a jungle-tented villa.
All feature furniture and finishes inspired by found objects and
natural ecosystems discovered by the team as they walked the
shores, including fishing nets, locally woven baskets and wood
carvings. These translated into elements such as the woven
headboards that flow from the ceiling, hand-troweled plaster
walls and artfully-knotted ropes that hold glowing glass balls
throughout the resort. Pops of copper and turquoise throughout
are subtle reminders (as if you need them) of the majesty of the
ocean and the sun.

THE MAVERICK MOVE: A mind-bending, semi-submerged
tidal gallery of 16-ft.-tall sculptures constructed from more than
500 "starfish" constructed from ceramics that are non-toxic,
marine-grade compounds, free from pollutants and designed
to attract fish and crustaceans. Land, sea and art collide in the
Coralarium-conceptualized by British environmentalist and
eco-artist Jason deCaires Taylor-as the installation's hard shells
catch and hold biomass which encourages coral larvae to attach
and thrive, bringing each structure "to life."
THE MESSAGE: Barefoot luxury is in the eye of the beholder, as
is the theory of indulgence. While many restaurants offer dining
near the shoreline, HBA also offered a more edgy option in the
robatayaki Japanese restaurant. A fabric ceiling flows from above,
and a feature mosaic wall is inspired by Yakuza tattoos.

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SOURCES
OWNER: Ian Lien; OPERATOR: Accor,
Issy-les-Moulineaux, France; DESIGN
FIRM: Hirsch Bedner Associates
(HBA), Singapore: Robbyn Carter,
partner; Jolina Quirol, project director;
ARCHITECT: SCSY Studio, Singapore;
PURCHASING COMPANY: Cairncross
Martin, Sydney, Australia: GENERAL
CONTRACTOR: Zinta Lanka Holdings,
Sri Lanka; DESIGN CONSULTANTS:
Canvas Art Consultants (HBA), HBA
Graphic Studio, Singapore (art);
ART & ACCESSORIES: Canvas Art
Consultants; BATH & SPA: Kohler;
FABRICS: sourced by Zinta Lanka
Holdings; FLOORCOVERINGS:
sourced by Zinta Lanka Holdings;
FURNITURE: manufactured by Zinta
Lanka Holdings; LIGHTING: BO
STEIBER; SIGNAGE: HBA Graphic
Studio; SURFACING MATERIALS:
sourced by Zinta Lanka Holdings;
WALLCOVERINGS: sourced by
Zinta Lanka Holdings; WINDOW
TREATMENTS: sourced by Zinta
Lanka Holdings

W I L L P R YC E

THE MAGIC: Keeping the great escape great. The extreme seclusion was both a blessing and a challenge as, with nowhere to
go, HBA had to make sure guests stayed as enraptured over a
week or more as they did the first moment they stepped off that
55-minute seaplane ride from the Maldivian capital of Malé.
That meant telling the island's story, with spaces like the resort
center that houses local craft and art pieces, as well as an olfactory cabinet displaying indigenous herbs and historically-traded
spices that can be found in the guestroom amenities.


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