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design 101 international project Rendering of the Marriott Bangalore Golf Resort’s planned Latitude restaurant. Indian Inspiration Giana DiLeonardo captures a Marriott’s Bangalore location Challenge: To create a fresh, innovative, exciting 5Star business hotel that entices guests to stay near the newly opened Bangalore International Airport rather than 40 minutes away in the city. Yet, “at the same time “It couldn’t be trendy...something that would have some ‘legs’ and stand the test of time.” Giana DiLeonardo DiLeonardo International Warwick, Rhode Island it couldn’t be trendy. [It needed to be] something that would have some ‘legs’ and stand the test of time,” explains Giana DiLeonardo of her namesake firm of the Marriott Bangalore Golf Resort set to open in 2012. Solution: A modern resort, that brings the stunning natural landscape of the Nandi Hills inside. “Sense of place is always important in our design,” DiLeonardo says. “It’s important for design to be sensitive to local culture. Guests have an expectation when they travel to feel and appreciate in some way, the feel of the local people. The types of finishes chosen and how they are detailed, even though done in a contemporary way, have Indian influence.” Think polished and rough carved stones, water features, airy spaces, heady vistas, luxurious fabrics, and clean-lined furnishings. The voluminous main lobby’s design will mimic the verticality of the hills beyond, while rough cut marble 28 september 2008 tel 800.593.NEWH will cover the columns, the floors will be done in stone, white plaster accent walls will boast exotic floral patterns, and modern furniture will boast richly colored fabrics and rich, dark woods. Pops of color will continue in Olio, the Mediterranean-influenced restaurant, with its hot pink, orange, and dark brown color palette, and the standalone sultry restaurant Latitude, done up in slate, onyx, dark wood, exotic leathers, burnt orange cut velvet fabrics, and multi-colored, paisley silk drapery. And upstairs, guestrooms will continue the cleanlined richness found in the public spaces (which also include a spa Quan, a convention center, and two other restaurants). Dark wood furnishings will stand out against a soft, elegant color palette, while frosted glass doors will separate living and private areas. But the project isn’t without its challenges. “Successfully combining cultural sensitivity, maintaining brand standards, utilizing local sourcing, and designing for the international traveler can be challenging at times,” DiLeonardo says. “By integrating our different offices to work on global projects we are able to provide great service to our clients.” >

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - September 2008

NEWH - September 2008
Conference Update
Have you Seen?
Product Know-How
On the Scene
Sustainability: Point of View
Design 101: International Project
Cover Story: Happy Feet
Project: Blush
Project: Aura
New Members
Save the Date
Partner Profiles

NEWH - September 2008