RPW Design, one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design practices, has unveiled its extensive refurbishment of the five-star resort, Fairmont St Andrews.
The highly anticipated refurbishment was revealed in early September and included a complete re-design of the hotel’s Atrium, incorporating a bespoke 60m long ceiling sculpture by award winning artist George Singer, a new restaurant and the Kittock’s Den Bar.
Following through into the restaurant, dramatic lighting and refined materials with a colour scheme of pine and sage greens and hints of golds create a sense of quality throughout the space. Also giving the restaurant its own identity while still being part of the entrance space. A mix of finishes includes the timber floor, seascape-inspired carpet design, bronze antique mirror on the walls and wall drapery.
RPW’s aim was to create a more inviting and warm lobby area. This was achieved by removing the dividing wall between the reception and bar area and creating a new coffee bar. The copper coffee bar, displaying fresh pastries and juices draws people into the space and the high table encourages communal working or drinking within the lobby area. A mix of timber floor and carpet, with its design based on aerial views of the beautiful River Tay estuaries, creates warmth and definition to the different seating areas.
Soft gold velvet wall drapes hang above the banquettes and bespoke printed screens with seaweed designs grow up from the base of the drape in an organic fashion both softening the architecture of the space and giving a sense of intimacy. In addition to these, the bespoke restaurant curtain screen, and fabric design is based on the moving sand dune grasses at West Sands beach in St Andrews, dividing the restaurant from the breakfast buffet area in the evenings.
Observing the scale of the atrium, which is roughly 60m long and 15m high, with full height windows on one side overlooking the North Sea coast, RPW knew this would be the most challenging area in the hotel to re-design.
To transform this voluminous space into a more inviting and human-scaled space, a mixture of natural hued finishes was introduced to the surfaces, including bespoke carpet, timber floors of different patterns and a rich earthy green wall colour and bespoke printed velvet wall drapes. The introduction of eclectic furniture styles and arched decorative lamps, created a softer more inviting atmosphere.