Customers are treated as guests in Simon’s house, where everything is designed to make them feel good: the music, low lights, mirrors and colored velvet furnishing. The experience is enchanting and immersive: cocktails are unusual and can be chosen from menus collected by the host during his trips around the world or improvised by the inspiration of the moment.
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In the centre, the service area sits below a large volume that the architects refer to as “the cloud”. This element is clad with vertical white-painted wooden batons, and tilts up at one end to direct customers to where they can order. “The loftiness of the space with natural lighting creates a fresh openness and the cloud serves as a visual focal point to balance the space,” they said.
A masculine colour scheme of black, charcoal and silver is punctuated with highlights of red while slick finishes of black marble and leather are complemented with textures of felt, velvet and tweed. Select vintage furnishings provide a 1960s retro glam to the eclectic interior. Mind you, the basement section even features a cocktail bar.
The hotel occupies a purpose-built highrise structure by architect at tuns with a step-like façade of lattice of aluminum panels and wide glass windows. Equally modern is its interior by Feran Thomassen who crafted contemporary settings with a welcoming vibe, and which are an orchestration of sorts of dutch traditions and international modernism.