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2 The street in front of the
hotel consists of ruddy
bricks whose color and
texture are reflected in
TUVE's exterior wall.

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3 The spare look
of the entrance
clues guests in
to the concept of
simplified luxury.

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Shrinking the number of elements in each space and dispensing with
any but the most-needed pieces of FF&E was the first step. Eschewing (for
the most part) typical high-end finishes was the next challenge the team set
for themselves. "We have chosen relatively common materials including
concrete, steel, brass, oak and wired glass," says Lam.
Turning those building blocks into an outstanding design meant transforming surfacing into the main focal points throughout the hotel. It also
required the team to redefine not only the "what" of the design but the "how."
The techniques and processes applied to each material give those single
elements modulation and visual depth. Acid etching on metal creates a
distressed effect. Partially polished brass parts of the washroom's mirror and
the reception's countertop gleam-and contrast with surfaces left raw or
intended to be worn from normal use and handprints.
Adding gold flecks to concrete walls in the guest rooms changes a
brutalism staple into a multi-dimensional tribute to texture (the gilded
speckles celebrate the raw beauty of the concrete). That intensity extended
into the details on those surfaces. "A simple bend or fold transforms a steel
bar or plate into functional details such as a door handle, door stop, hook or
towel rack," says Lam.
It isn't just a question of creating visually compelling effects. The hotel's
scheme of black, gray and white tones might be carefully curated, but it still
is more about creating a design narrative.
The team wanted to frame the experience of the hotel as a journey from
the fa├žade into and through the interiors. Color and texture work together to
craft each area's ambience. "We used more intense textures and darker colors
in areas where guests will spend less time, like the reception, and lighter

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Boutique Design - April 2016
Contents
From The Editor
In This Issue
The Buzz
Wall Power
Q+A: Steam Punk Dynamo
Hit Refresh
White Paper
Products: Bath + Spa
Products: Textiles
Exit Interview
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