COMING SOON: THE BUCHAN HOTEL, WEST END
Vancouver has a history of stripping back historical places and replacing them with polished new ones. However, for the redesign of the West End's Buchan Hotel, one of Vancouver’s oldest buildings, we are turning back the clock.
In this West End hotel renovation we blend materials, styles, time periods—we're pushing boundaries in every square inch.
Designing for the lively, successful, globally minded future guest, we're going to revive and celebrate the building's history with a new (vintage-inspired) concept that's a heady mix of old schoolhouse, Scandinavian modernism and art deco.
UTILITY MEETS CREATIVITY
One of the challenges of designing a hotel is that it has to be rooted in fantasy, and yet be completely practical. It has to wear well and be durable enough to last years of guests banging luggage against doors and spilling on furniture.
With this in mind, we still want to push the boundaries of what it is to be a boutique hotel; to create something completely over the top and experimental.
EXPERIMENTAL. OVER THE TOP.
DESIGN THAT TAKES RISKS.
The hotel carpets will be a deep mustard splattered with dark orange, and each room will have a unique mural painted by a local artist. The underutilized guest rooms in the basement will be turned into wild party room accommodations for large groups (complete with adult bunk beds) that are made to look like they are in the hotel's attic. We custom designed and manufactured the furniture locally in Vancouver, and in every space we’ve incorporated as many materials as possible: wood, leather, white oak, alder, plywood—we wanted everything to be totally unexpected and like nothing anyone has ever seen before.
VANCOUVER, YOU AIN'T SEEN NOTHING YET
Construction is set to begin early 2020. Watch this space...