Never thought architecture & interior photography can make me see the world too. This time i got appointed by EthoSpace, a Singapore based interior design consultant, to document Art Rotana Hotel in Amwaj Island, Bahrain.
Officially known as the Kingdom of Bahrain, its a small island country located near the western shores of the persian gulf, 1 hour away from Dubai by plane.
Weather on the island was around 42 degrees Celcius, lucky me most of my work is in the interiors :)
The porte cochere was the great first impression that i got of the development. It’s a giant screen of glass with lighting attached at its joint. The second great impression is the lobby with the triple volume space. In the evening with the lighting effect you feel like standing under the stars.
All the interiors are beautiful. It’s a combination of modern interiors with an Arabic touch. You can see them from many of the curves shape symbolizing arabic alphabets like the arches, the carved arabic text on the marble in the lobby floor, the center column as the big anchor of the whole development, and many other details. The lighting designer also did a great job, making the hotel look lively in the evening. Thanks to LDP for the lighting design.
With a design this beautiful, its very easy to photography them. Every angle is beautiful. The tough part is the coordination, with a development this big, there are a lot of things going on and changing on a daily basis. I need to communicate to everyone in charge quite frequently to make sure everything will go as planned, like the changing color on the center column, cars parking in the lobby area, the cleaning service in the lobby area, etc.
This hotel is awarded as the best leading hotel in Bahrain in 2015.