GA Design is this week due to present first concepts for the refurbishment of a 50 000m2 five-star hotel in St Petersburg.
The work will involve interior designs not only for the main hotel, but also for four surrounding buildings, which are to be used for retail arcades, restaurants, executive suites and exhibition and conference rooms.
Corinthia, which owns the Nevskij Palace Hotel, has briefed the consultancy to create interiors that will combine contemporary furnishings and fabrics with a reflection of local culture and tradition to match the hotel’s listed faÃ§ades, which are to be retained.
GA associate Joshua Judd says that the designs will unite the new annexes stylistically. ‘We are aiming to clarify and unify the overall impression of the hotel, instead of it looking like a hotch-potch of different buildings.’
The consultancy will work alongside St Petersburg’s Z-K Architects and plans to source furniture, fittings and accessories from suppliers across Europe.
GA won the appointment on the back of its work for another five-star Corinthia hotel, the 480-room Grand Royal in Budapest.
The hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2004.