Hotelympia Design Award finalists revealed

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Hotelympia has revealed the three finalists competing for its 2014 Design Award, which recognises hotels that boast “modern-day design excellence”.

The London Edition designed by Yabu Pushelberg and Ian Schrager; ME by Meliã designed by Foster+Partners and the Great Northern Hotel designed by Archer Humphryes Architects have all made it through to the final heats of the competition.

The finalists will be featured on a dedicated display wall situated in the Design Gallery, alongside the Design Stage, throughout the four-day show taking place at London Excel from April 28 to May 1.
The overall winner will be crowned on Hotelympia’s main Stage at 3.30pm on Monday April 28.

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The judging process is being overseen by a panel of industry experts including designLSM co-founder Steve LaBouchardiere, Scott Brownrigg director Una Barac, Fox Linton Associates design director Dennis Irvine and GS Magazine editor Stirling Johnstone. Jan Wilson, managing director of RPW Design – the company behind 2012’s winning Royal Suite at London’s Mandarin Oriental – is also part of the judging team.

Hotels shortlisted for the award included The Crowne Plaza in Glasgow, for successfully creating a "local product for the global traveller"; The Sands Hotel in Margate, a "charming seafront boutique"; Dormy House in the Cotswolds, with its individually designed rooms and exceptional new spa and Qbic London City, a non-conforming urban hotel designed with "humour and great spirit".

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