Case study: Cedar tree forests inspired new resort in Beirut by HBA

He adds: “We had to be creative with the usage of lighting and mirrors to avoid an oppressive feeling in these spaces.”

A staircase that leads guests below to the bar and all-day dining is adorned with a handrail inspired by the branch of the cedar tree. Each landing represents a body of water with an infinity edge detail to create the sense of walking through the water between spaces.

Bar and all-day dining

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Rich colours of burgundy and teal throughout the bar reflect the country’s vineyards and winemaking culture, while reflective finishes push the boundaries of volume within the small space.

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The ceiling features insets of oval mirrors creating a sense of lightness and continuity, and walls are sculpted with two types of carved screens backed by light and mirrors to support this effect. Metal and wood screens with arabesque patterns create layers within the bar and delight the senses. The cigar lounge housing an expansive library of high-end cigars and accessories also resides within the space.

Inspired by mint – a key ingredient in Lebanese cuisine – the interiors embrace the freshness and lightness of the herb, engaging the colours of green and teal against a beige background. The ceiling is wood-planked in white and grey while upholstered wall panels are accented by carved white architectural screens in decorative patterns.

Ballroom and function rooms

According to T’Kint, the ballroom is designed as a white box adorned with arabesque patterns engraved into the walls and ceiling. Hues of white and warm colours are juxtaposed by cool grey tones, giving it a neutral backdrop for various event types. The carpet is heavily patterned in grey biomorphic designs and is complimented by elegant draping chandeliers in similar shapes overhead, made of crystal and laser-cut metal.

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“For the ballroom carpet, various shades of grey translate different scales of Arabic patterns as Lebanon is at crossroads between Europe and the Middle-East. Most countries in the area traditionally use arches in their architecture; we used the typical Lebanese shape to create a series of seating nooks in the lobby lounge,” adds T’Kint.

Guestrooms and suites

Guestrooms are decorated with a combination of strong lines and geometric patterns, with architectural lighting highlighting the feature wall above the headboard. Furniture handles are derived from the seed of the cedar tree and are a continuous element throughout.

The bathroom has a combined shower and tub in carved beige stone. Light slots are adorned with a glass Mashrabiya pattern recalling the screen design on the bed.

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The presidential suite includes a signature feature within the ceiling: a reclaimed piece of architecture retrieved from the old Summerland building and integrated into a contemporary new design. All of the walls in the dining area and lounge are fully clad in wood and sculpted with both small and oversized patterns. Hand-woven carpets inspired by the texture of cedar tree bark are a backdrop to elegant arabesque patterns. Mother of pearl inlays appear in small details of archways and furniture. The bedroom and bathroom are a key feature of this suite giving it a level of ultra-luxury and comfort, with a freestanding tub and oversized bathroom increasing the sense of grandeur.

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