ReardonSmith Architects wins five European design awards

ReardonSmith Architects has won in two of Europe’s most prestigious design awards programmes, the European Hotel Design Awards 2011 and the Architect of the Year Awards 2011.

The projects praised show the team’s range in architecture, from legendary hotels to new-build towers and resourceful ideas for future construction.

Patrick Reardon, executive chairman and co-founder of ReardonSmith Architects, was honoured withthe Outstanding Contribution Award at the European Hotel Design Awards 2011. From his early days working behind a hotel reception desk to his career with Holiday Inn and Hyatt International based in Chicago and through to his active chairmanship of ReardonSmith Architects, his passion for hotels has endured.

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“With his ingrained knowledge of how hotels work, together with his sensitive architectural background, Patrick has worked tirelessly to develop our business into a world class hotel design practice.

“Over the years he has encouraged and mentored a new generation of designers and architects at ReardonSmith who carry the essence of Patrick’s unique influence and passion for hotelsthroughout the world,” said Conrad Smith, co-founder of  ReardonSmith Architects with Patrick in 2001, and its managing director.

ReardonSmith Architects was also bestowed with the top prize, The European Hotel Design of the YearAward, for its architectural reconstruction of The Savoy in London, a £220 million project.

ReardonSmith led the design team in a programme that included the restoration, rebuilding or redesign of all guestrooms and public areas, the introduction of an entirely new services infrastructure and lift core, and the structural stabilisation of the listed riverfront façade.

Over four years, ReardonSmith provided a dedicated team of architects and technicians, many of whom were permanently onsite.

The Conversion and/or Extension of an Existing Hotel Building award was given to ReardonSmith Architects for its work on the Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane. The practice was the lead architect for the multi-million pound rebuilding project, with responsibility for architectural planning and design, interior design detailing and onsite design compliance.

It was the first time since its construction some 40 years ago that the building had been entirely stripped back to its structure – which was necessary to facilitate a major upgrade to allthe services and to enable the re-planning of virtually the entire hotel. The design brief called for the extension of the North aspect of the building and the addition of a new contemporary rooftop extension, newly modelled garden suites with conservatories, a new lift core and new kitchens.

ReardonSmith Architects also won the Tomorrow’s Hotel award for its sustainable and innovative concept for a subterranean luxury hotel and spa. The scheme proposes a new use forunder-utilised urban brown field wastelands by converting them into energy-efficient, open community gardens that simultaneously promote responsible tourism and offer a quiet haven from the frenetic city.

The project anticipates the increasingly stringent sustainability requirements for obtaining planning permission and has already been awarded an “Excellent” BREEAMrating. The design uses 200-plus subterranean guestrooms which form a ring around landscaped courtyards and leave just one level of public areas at grade. Structures would be topped by living green roofs that double as rolling hillsides for public recreational use and serve to merge the structure into the surrounding terrain.

The European Hotel Design Awards ceremony took place on November 22, 2011, at the Park PlazaWestminster Bridge in London as part of The Sleep Event combining a conference, exhibition and awards programme all dedicated to hotel design, development and investment.

ReardonSmith Architects has also been recognised as Hotel Architect of the Year at Building Design’s Architect of the Year Awards 2011. A jury of architects, clients and built environment experts determined that the practice’s restoration of The Savoy was the most significant hotel project completed in the past year. The Architect of the Year Awards took place on November 15, 2011, at The Brewery, London.

Current projects include: The second phase of Porto Montenegro; a new Four Seasons hotel and a new JW Marriott, both in Baku,Azerbaijan; two new hotels at Shahdag Ski Resort in Azerbaijan; the Four Seasons St. Petersburg; a boutique hotel in London’s Mayfair; and the masterplanning of two large resorts in Mozambique.

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