Client: Allam Group
Completion Date: 2009
Scope: Architectural Modifications and Interior Design
Location: Ain Sukhna, Red Sea, Egypt

The design of the reception and lobby of this boutique hotel in Ain Sukhna focuses on using local materials and design inspirations, tying in the contemporary space with its Egyptian location. The main reception area revolves around a central wooden ‘shokhshekha’ (Islamic architectural term for lantern skylight) which is clad in horizontal slats of wood. It is accentuated by a large central chandelier that uses hand-printed local textiles which are custom designed by local designers Boukhara and Eklego. The textile patterns are a re-interpretation of traditional Islamic patterns in an over blown format.

The flooring is a marble tapestry that delineates the various seating zones, and is made of carefully cut and manually arranged artisan mosaics forming different geometric patterns. The marble used is locally quarried and produced. The reception desk is understated in its elegance with horizontal pieces of marble reflecting the horizontality of the wood cladding throughout the space.