Drawing influence from the Western Australian landscape and the world’s best international design benchmarks, renowned architecture and interior design practice Bates Smart has imparted its signature design ethos of restrained luxury on the public spaces of Perth’s recently completed Crown Towers.
Bates Smart’s meticulous attention to detail and layering of unique design elements marries the Crown Towers brand of sophisticated luxury, resulting in a world-class resort and beacon for modern hotel design.
Continuing its 24-year strong relationship with Crown Resorts, Bates Smart’s intrinsic knowledge of the hotel industry and its operational necessities have created a glamourous, yet refined design that delights both guests and management.
Bates Smart’s Interior Design Director Jeffery Copolov, who worked closely with Interior Design Associate Director Kendra Pinkus, said Crown Towers will be a significant contribution to the city of Perth that furthers the trademark luxury Crown Towers design aesthetic.
“Crown Towers Perth is an impeccably luxurious hotel with an unmistakable core of world-class design,” Mr Copolov said.
“We have collaborated with some of the globe’s best artisans to create custom carpets, bespoke lighting features and unique artworks, resulting in glamorous and visually theatrical spaces.”
Crown Towers Perth’s position, overlooking the Swan River, is reflected in the interior decor that also references Western Australia’s vast, open clear skies, as well as the vibrant saturated colours of the outback and the endless azure of the Indian Ocean.
A seamless transition between indoor and outdoor areas allows the surrounding landscape to filter through the interiors, ensuring the resort design is always in harmony with its setting.
Finding inspiration in the finest colonial hotels of the past, Bates Smart has incorporated contemporary design details that re-interpret and capture the essence of a romantic bygone style. Elements such as arches, shutters and textured surfaces diffuse the searing sunshine, creating dappled light and shade while tempering heat.
Upon arrival, guests immediately experience a refined sense of glamour with glistening reflective pools that extend from the porte cochere to the inside lounge areas of the reception and lobby bar, reflecting natural sunlight by day and the sparkling lights of dusk.
On entry, a bespoke set of four chandeliers is the striking visual focus. Created in collaboration with Adam Hoets, South African architect and Creative Director of innovative lighting designers, willowlamp, the lighting features are made up of more than 20,000 metres of intricate ball chain. Rendered in hues inspired by precious Australian metals, each chandelier measures over five meters wide and weighs over three tonnes.
Travertine walls throughout the lobby are a backdrop to the major commissioned artwork by local Western Australian artist, Ian Dowling. Flowing behind the shimmering, sinuous reception desk and comprised of 8,000 separate ceramic pieces, the artwork reflects some of the shapes and features of an aerial view of the Swan River.
The lobby’s grand proportions are rendered in a neutral palette inspired by the Western Australian earth and coastline, with red accents that reference the area’s native wildflowers.
Ceilings are finished with oversized basket weave panelling that further invokes colonial hotel design. A large-scale floor pattern, rendered in limestone, grounds the heroic size of the lobby and acts as base for the richly detailed materials that provide texture and detail throughout the impressive space.
Bates Smart worked with New York based textile designers Doug and Gene Meyer to create the remarkable custom designed carpets that dress the pre-function corridor. Inspired by 1960s fashion prints, the non-repetitive design was produced by esteemed UK and Australian carpet manufacturer Brintons.
Skylights run the length of the 150-metre long corridor, allowing natural light to bathe the area and illuminate the richly hued carpets.
Linked by this pre-function corridor are two grand ballrooms, a formal boardroom, business centre and numerous meeting rooms of varying sizes.
The exterior wall treatment of the ballrooms is reminiscent of a lacquered jewellery box, finished in soft neutral tones with black trim accents. Arches of rolled metal are repeated on all walls and outward facing windows are adorned with shutters, providing continuity to the lobby’s design.
The ballrooms’ grand interiors extend the hotel’s bold theme of strong colour and geometry, demonstrated by the dramatic, large-scale contemporary chandeliers.
The hotel’s lobby bar is broken up into four components; outer bar, inner bar, outdoor terrace and private VIP area. The outer bar area acts like a conservatory, set in jewel-like colours of rich blues and greens, connecting to the water features and garden terraces beyond. The use of hand painted fabrics speaks to the flavour of Palm Springs resort design.
Passing through an arched colonnade, the inner bar’s darker tones turn moodier, with rich turquoise and emerald accents. Central to the space is a striking horseshoe shaped bar – theatrical in appearance and created from curved, fluted-fingers of pink and white marble. Copper metal detailing trims the back bar that features handmade iridescent glazed tiles.
Custom designed light fittings that resemble intricate suspended copper birdcages play against the delicate woven rattan pattern on the bar’s ceiling, while leather padded bar tops and fully upholstered bar stools ensure guests’ comfort.
The bar provides a memorable sumptuous atmosphere of comfort and belonging, in line with the most revered hotel bars internationally.
Catering equally for groups, couples and the solo traveller, the inner bar includes different pockets for various gatherings throughout the day and night.
The enclosed VIP area, anticipated to be the most exclusive in Western Australia, has its own dedicated terrace, sunken conversation pit and beautifully appointed powder rooms.
The outdoor terrace area includes a pergola and lush greenery that creates a dappled light effect, with wrought iron fencing softly curving around the terrace to gently enclose the area.
At the southern end of the hotel, the principal circulation paths meet at a piazza-like space. The focal point is a sculptural frangipani tree sitting amid a lush, raised circular garden bed. The branches reach towards a radiating timber lined pergola, drenched with natural light.
A folded, geometric wall made from travertine pockets and interspersed with green ferns and lanterns, further animate the area creating a textural backdrop to the piazza.
“Guests, whether local residents or travelling from across the globe, are now searching for an experience in their hotel stays,” said Mr Copolov.
“Bates Smart’s deep experience in hotel design delivers a seamless experience for guests, as well as ensuring all operational aspects are carefully considered. Functionality does not have to compromise exquisite detailing.”
Boasting 500 elegant and spacious guest rooms, suites and villas, Crown Towers Perth also features all-day dining venue Epicurean, stylish lobby bar TWR, and the sumptuous Crown Spa. Guests can enjoy the expansive 8,800 square metre resort style pools, complete with