Alba Hotel Design Mood Board
Design Approach and Techniques
The Enter Projects Team has created a ‘mood board’ which is indicative of the design direction they would follow in order to ensure the success of the Alba Hotel in Lavington, Nairobi, Kenya. Our designs will ensure a memorable experience for all Guests who visit or stay at the Hotel, with a 'wow' factor that has to be talked about with others.
Our design approach will be unique due to our culturally diverse team, including our Kenyan-born Director. Different avenues will be explored to inform different spaces with the end result being a collaborative, cohesive and unique experience. Every detail, material and element are thought through entirely from a bottom-up design approach. Successful outcomes can only be achieved when these factors are fully taken into account.
Our design techniques are cutting edge. We design only with Building Information Modelling (BIM) to make sure the design development leads easily into the construction documentation phase. This increases efficiency in the building phase and reduces build time and costs. Other advantages include modular systems rather than traditional building forms in order to control the balance between quality, cost and time.
Blending the story of design identities
The “melting pot” will be a mix of eight different design identities blending together into the Alba core brand. Multi-cultural crossroads, where each zone becomes a journey, will unfold into the crown piece of the “Nikkei” Japanese-Peruvian rooftop bar.
Simplicity is the key to the main entry of the building. A porte-cochère with its main focus on timber materials, balanced with greenery invites its customers. Entering the building an open plan lobby reception connects fluently into the warehouse style hub, with well positioned service and lounge areas, natural stone, soft fabrics and rustic elements. The hub is the connector for the hotel and will be the dynamic transition point joining the other zones. Subtle greenery blends in with the outside terrace, creating dynamic interaction and leading back to the porte-cochère.
The meeting areas have their own character with a slightly more corporate look and feel but still answer the design language from the hub. By achieving this a comfortable, familiar and productive space can be created.
The NY Grill characterizes itself with brass, leather, dark woods, indirect light and art-deco style details. An open kitchen designed for flame cooking will add to the spectacle: tasting grilled food in a way it is supposed to be. Materials and furniture can be sourced from overseas and locally to create a zone which will be distinctive.
All-day-dining will be a place where the customer can unwind with a juice or cocktail and a strong focus on light meals. It is the place where you look after yourself with a health conscious menu: breakfast juices, lunch salads and new age dining. Weaving timber, steel and more neutral fabrics could be the theme for the space. With its bright appearance and warm details the goal is to create a space in which you feel serene and relaxed, a one-stop place for morning coffee or a family gathering.
As the guest rooms are on the smaller side we propose to work efficiently around this. Brass and stone details combined with handcrafted Japanese Kumiko screens express character as part of the hotel story, the “melting pot”. Hanging systems and storage are to be compact and efficient. Reflective materials such as brass tinted splash-backs will be used to create the illusion of space where necessary. Lastly bathrooms can be a blast of color with fun, spontaneous tiling to echo some of the more colorful public spaces.
The different zones and identities of the hotel will be designed and “stitched” together for the story to unfold into the crown jewel: the "Nikkei" rooftop bar & restaurant. With vibrant colors, dream-like murals, a grand bar service area, relaxed lounge areas and colorful hanging vines, the space will be like no other. The final destination is an imitable world where Peru meets Japan and where Kenya becomes the diverse crossroads of its people.