Al Qurashi Hotel area of intervention
The building consists of 10 levels, which also includes 2 basements.
The intervention area of the interior design is focused on the hotel lobby, which has an approximate area of 120 square meters. The area benefits from a double ceiling height, with an adequate floor to ceiling height of around 6 meters.
The double-height ceiling creates a strong sense of arrival, with the first floor overlooking it.
The lobby space is inspired by the iconic passage of the Grand Mosque, taking the traditional geometry and adapting it to the scale of the space.
The reception is placed on the left and a seating area just opposite it An accent wall with an ornate pattern sits at the center, creating a coherent ensemble.
The balance of the design is essential, as it creates a sense of calm and serenity, an introductory point to the pilgrim’s journey. The materiality is distinctly humble, inspired by the desert and Kabaa colors, with light-colored walls blended with a light stone floor.
The interior design concept is then extended through the space, focusing on creating a blended and neutral palette that will contribute to the journey the pilgrim will undertake.
Hanging light fixtures with traditional Arabic design elements are used, continuing the idea of the patterns that adorn the walls. These strike a balance between being visible and blending in, becoming a part of the background and not taking away from the overall hotel design.
Natural materials, such as stone, wood, and Venetian plaster are used consistently to create a strong connection with nature, as well as contributing to the warm and inviting atmosphere and the sense of tranquility.
They are further accentuated by linen fabrics and rich carpets, with gold metal and accents to create a luxurious and timeless feel.
There are two social spaces within the lobby, designed to encourage socialization and discussion. The first is contemporary and dedicated to smaller groups or individuals. The second is represented by the majlis, a traditional Arabic concept.
The use of traditional design and materials, combined with modern elements and technologies, creates a unique hospitality design that will appeal to pilgrims traveling to Mecca.
It provides them with an unforgettable experience that will make their journey even more special.