Montreals’ Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel has been reinvented in keeping with its mid-century vision of a perfect hotel and its grand international style… |
Working closely with owner Ivanhoé Cambridge and operator Fairmont Hotels, Sid Lee Architecture has crafted a vision for the hotel’s repositioning, developing architecture and interior design concepts to make it happen. The architectural consortium of Sid Lee Architecture along with Architecture49, and general contractor Pomerleau has executed the project. Aiming at a holistic vision, the hotel literally opens onto the city to welcome local people. More generally, it reasserts itself as an urban hub serving local and international clientele. It’s a third space, where people can go every day to do business, attend events or enjoy some downtime. Inspired by its history and stylistic evolution, the refurbishment sees the creation of several new entrances, the opening of kitchen areas and patios, the enhancement the vertical connections through new sculptural stairways, and the creation of ample new natural light sources for the interior. True to its original design, the Grand Hall has become a public street. The hotel’s commercial services line the ground floor and are open to the street, becoming part of the city’s lively downtown vibe. Its spaces riff freely on the aesthetics of the 60s, with a material expression unique to the hotel’s brand. The Agora is a new type of space for the hotel; its design based on daring, eclectic juxtapositions of small, inviting, modular spaces. This prototypical indoor public place will host major festive events that highlight and define Montreal on the world stage. Its design is a vision of the future that pays tribute to the futurism of its time.
The proposed unique design of the ceremonial kitchen; the restaurants and bars; business areas; guest rooms… all underscore the hotel’s modernist heritage.
Later this month, Espace C2 - a new glass volume on the 21st floor will be announced open, positioning itself as a cutting-edge player in conference hosting. The space will accommodate up to 220 guests and will have several possible configurations. check out the visuals on indiaartndesign.com
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