Gettys has completed the Westin Hotel in the grounds of Abu Dhabi Golf Club, owned by Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC).
The exterior of the building is clad with rough, chiseled limestone that wraps around the façade. Gettys continued this natural element into the interiors, creating a lobby where stone is complimented by bronze and metal screen partitions.
The team kept the lobby décor to a minimum, focusing on a simple palette. From the top of the grand staircase, crafted from hand-awled reclaimed wood and seeded glass balustrade panels, guests can look through 45 foot tall floor-to-ceiling windows.
“For the guest’s primary introduction to the hotel, we designed the lobby and grand staircase to feel like a continuation of the out-of-doors; walking the materials in with the guests felt like an extension of the exterior’s natural elements,” said Meg Prendergast,principal-in-charge, Gettys.
As the hotel has several grand spaces, Gettys wanted the guestroom to act as a form of departure from the public area.
All of the guestrooms and suites have golf course views’ and let the scenery be the primary focus so the team layered different textures and tonality with a colour palette of caramel, honey, cream and walnut, with sea blue and sunset orange accents.
According to locals, it is the Moroccan restaurant that has garnered a lot of attention. Designed to refer to an old Moroccan home (riad) Gettys layered finishes, found objects and authentically crafted elements to create an eclectic vintage Moroccan feel.
It worked with the owner to capture Berber styled detailing and there are low levels of multiply cushioned and pillowed seating areas with collections of meze tables.