enRoute Hotel Design Awards

By August 29th, 2011

Working for Air Canada’s enRoute magazine, I get to see a lot of hotels. During a recent trip to New York, a friend of mine pointed out the cute little toy robots displayed in the moody hall of The Smyth, a TriBeCa boutique hotel. I loved them – and lo and behold, they were placed there by George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, two of the world’s preeminent interior designers who also happen to be Canadians. I was ashamed to admit that I didn’t know they had designed the property where I was staying.

That’s how the idea of the enRoute Hotel Design Awards was born. We wanted to let Canadian travelers know how our country’s architects and interior designers are working on stunning hotels around the world. To celebrate the success of our homegrown talent, we asked a panel of prestigious international experts – Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy and Canadian architects Todd Saunders and Jean Pelland – to choose the winners in each of our 10 competition categories.

So here’s our first crop of winners:

Best Overall Interior Design
The Waikiki Edition, Honolulu
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu
Yabu Pushelberg

Best Overall Architecture
The Keefer, Vancouver
Gair Williamson and Chris Woodford
Gair Williamson Architects

Best Lobby, <150 Rooms
The Smyth Tribeca, New York
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu
Yabu Pushelberg

Best Lobby, 150+ Rooms
The Waikiki Edition, Honolulu
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu
Yabu Pushelberg

Best Standard Room, <150 Rooms
Hôtel le Germain Calgary, Calgary
Viateur Michaud, Pierre Mierski and Lucie Vaillancourt
LemayMichaud Architecture Design

Best Standard Room, 150+ Rooms
W Minneapolis – The Foshay , Minneapolis
Sai Leung, Alessandro Munge and Sayed Shakour
Munge Leung

Best Suite, <150 Rooms
The Royal Suite, the Leela Palace Kempinski Udaipur, India
Jeffrey A. Wilkes
DesignWilkes Sdn Bhd

Best Suite, 150+ Rooms
Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
James Cheng
James K.M. Cheng Architects Inc

Best Spa or Pool, <150 Rooms
Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver
N.Y. Chu
B+H Chil Design

Best Spa or Pool, 150+ Rooms
Sparkling Hill Resort , Vernon, B.C.
Jennifer Kurtz, Shauna Root, Gerry Shinkewski and Susan Steeves
SSDG Interiors Inc.

I’d also like to thank our partners, Interior Designers of Canada and IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, without whom this project would not have been possible.

To see a press release announcing the winners, click here. Check back on enroute.aircanada.com/hotelawards on September 1st to read the full article or pick up a copy of enRoute’s September issue.

Congratulations to all!