Perkins Eastman and Hassan Allam Properties unveil design for Baia Bianca Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
International design and architecture firm Perkins Eastman has joined forces with Egyptian developer Hassan Allam Properties to unveil the design for a new hotel in the Baia Bianca development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. Facing the Red Sea at the foothills of the Sinai Mountains, plans for the 45,000 sq m, 600-key hotel have incorporated local design traditions, connection to the outdoors, and amenities that take advantage of the unique site.
Perkins Eastman and Hassan Allam Properties have designed the Baia Bianca Hotel with a contemporary feel, whilst drawing on a familiar sense of place and context. The design of the hotel takes its inspiration from the simple forms of early architecture on the Sinai, incorporating the colours, patterns, and materials found in the region. White walls adorned with simple openings, pergolas, shutters, and canvas awnings have been included to create a relaxing open space. Natural stone used as accents to create a connection with the Sinai Mountains.
Shawn Basler, principal in charge of the project and the firm’s global hospitality group, said: “This hotel will combine the best in global hospitality with the unique characteristics and traditions of the region—offering guests a truly unique experience.”
The hotel is designed around a series of courtyards, in an effort to provide areas of intimacy and privacy. Guestroom wings are connected by interior courtyards which break up the corridors and create a more personal entrance to each room, while individual guestrooms are organised around a series of outdoor garden courtyards. Each guestroom overlooks either the central Baia Bianca Lagoon or the Sinai Mountains, and each includes a balcony, designed as an extension to the living area.
Construction on the new resort is expected to start in May 2010, with an expected completion date of May 2012.