Can't we be trusted to build something of this quality or magnitude?
I believe we can.
How to gain trust (or the feeling of 'prestige' from the clients upon hiring foreign architects), however is another issue to discuss.
Bandung Hilton / WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design: "
WOW Architects | Warner Wong Design
Location: Bandung, Indonesia
Client: Tatang Hermawan of P.T. Yuskitama Lestari
Foreign Collaborator: Mr. Archica Danisworo, Planning & Development Workshop
Project Year: 2009
Project Area: 30,000 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Bingham Hall, Wong Chiu Man, Hilton International Asia Pacific Pte Ltd
IntroductionThe brief called for a five-star, 186-room contemporary urban business hotel with world-class conferencing and event function facilities catering to both business and leisure travelers. In response, the team conceptualized an urban resort inspired by Bandung’s topography, with its surrounding volcanic mountain range, whilst integrating Javanese culture and visually engaging the mountainscape. The resulting integration of the local urban and geographical characters shapes a seamless experience throughout the hotel that dissolves the boundaries between the inside and outside of the hotel and encourages interactions between hotel guests and locals within its public promenade.
Our Solution for Architecture and InteriorsThe team is committed to principles of contextually and culturally sensitive designs informed by the landscape and the urban development of the locality. Accordingly, the design process for this project was based on a comprehensively researched understanding of the cultural, economic and geo-climatic context of the Bandung area.
The site is at the heart of the city centre, a departure from the late 20th century trend locating resort hotels and villas in the foothills to the North away from the heart of the city. Located near to the Bandung Central Train Station overlooking a large land parcel previously occupied by a military facility, the hotel is a catalyst for revitalization of the Urban Centre. Proximity to the Central train station provides easy access and encourages Indonesians seeking a weekend getaway from Jakarta to travel by train, thereby alleviating the busy road traffic.
At the leisure roof garden, modern interpretations of indigenous Javanese huts sit alongside the lush landscaped pool, providing intimate and shaded lounging spaces for family groups. An outdoor restaurant overlooking the pool completes the resort atmosphere.
Most rooms and suites, at a generous 40m2, were created to serve the travel needs of the typically very large and close-knit Indonesian family with a proclivity to stay together in one room. These are accessed from a discrete set of elevators at the lobby level that begin the retreat from the excitement of the public areas. All rooms, including their glass-enclosed bathrooms, offer dramatic views of the mountainous perimeter, reinforcing the hotel’s resort ambiance. Like the public areas, the rooms are complete with refined furnishings and rich materials inspired by the Javanese aesthetic. Touches of rich timbers, Ikat woven fabrics and Batik-inspired carpets continue the tradition of glamorous travel with which Bandung is associated.