The Boulevard Hotel
酒店既有建筑本身遗留下来的部分，也增加了新的园林。人们似乎总认为享受自然就应该去到郊外，远离城市，殊不知，这间酒店室内也可如此绿意盎然。同样,这栋庞大的建筑也是这座城市居民乐观向上的态度和对未来美好生活追求的代言人。酒店的室内空间充斥着现代感、无与伦比的活力与国际特色。MKV负责所有休息区以及舞厅和健康俱乐部的设计。建筑的整体设计交于ReardonSmith操刀，而景观建筑则由Scape Design Associates负责。
Gardens in the City
There are references to the industrial legacy but the building also enjoys newly landscaped gardens; nature is re-asserting itself and this is celebrated indoors. Equally, this massive building speaks of the optimism and aspirational lifestyles of the city’s residents as they look to the future. Its indoor spaces are modern, vibrant and international. MKV was responsible for the design of all the lobby and lounge areas as well as the ballroom and health club, working in collaboration with ReardonSmith, the architect of the building, and landscape architects, Scape Design Associates.
Mirroring and Story
On one side, the hotel overlooks the prestigious Boulevard promenade, now extended from old Baku to snake around the edge of the Caspian Sea in White City. On the other side, it faces onto a new six-lane highway connecting city and airport. The vehicular entrance is on this side; the VIP entrance is to the sea-facing elevation. The result inside are two reception areas as if mirroring one another and creating their own promenade in between. The plan for the ground floor public areas is a grid, allowing guests ease of navigation in this large building and enabling the story of yesterday’s black to today’s green and tomorrow’s white to flow through the building.
The 1,300 sq metre column-free ballroom departs from all reference to the industrial past into a design inspired by nature. Hundreds of white metal leaves cluster on the ceiling, the patterning to the carpet suggests a forest floor and the room opens onto an internal courtyard with planting and a water feature. The large pre-function area is alive with its custom-designed carpet that appears to swirl through the area like flowing water, while part mirrored, part fretwork clad columns shimmer in their up-lighting.
Connection with nature is at the heart of the spa. The indoor pool area looks onto the garden outside and, during summer, opens up to allow guests to have treatments in the summer sunshine. Above the pool, plaster leaves, each one individually mounted, seem to dance in the rippling light like a canopy of young trees.
Historic Mix in Design
The juxtapositions are there to be experienced on arrival in the reception lobby. Here, symbolically, glass tanks flank the entrance containing gas fires which, when lit, shoot flames upwards from their granite plinths while the surrounding water pool cascades downwards to the base. By contrast, the seating collections are classic with pale timber frames and richly toned upholstery, and flooring is a warm walnut. A recessed ceiling finished in gold leaf and highlighted by perimeter illumination adds further drama and impact to the area. It is here that guests may first encounter the floor-to-ceiling bronze panels with their distinctive fretwork hinting of the east and recalling ancient times when Baku was a destination on the Silk Route.
The long corridors were given a very directional feel with their parade of screens and by a magnificent floor patterning in water-cut marble with gold mosaic inlay. By contrast, the lounge spaces alongside the corridor are delineated by soft sheers that catch the many breezes and introduce a softer note. Each break-out space in remarkable for its uniquely designed forms, sophisticated collections of furniture, rich timbers and bold, yet warm, colour palette, together bringing a human scale to the hotel.