Fairmont opens Istanbul spa hotel on site of abandoned liquor factory

The Fairmont Istanbul is a dream: inspired by a rich past that is strongly rooted in the present
– Joanne Young, Wilson Associates principal and design director

Canadian hospitality group Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is continuing its global expansion strategy with the opening of a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey.

The 209-room Fairmont Quasar is located in Mecidiyeköy, one of Istanbul’s business quarters on the western side of city. It is housed in the wider Quasar Istanbul complex, which occupies a site once home to a liquor factory designed by the French architect Robert Mallet Stevens – parts of which have been restored to be used as a museum and recreation centre.

This development, designed by Emre Arolat Architects and Arup, features two 40-storey towers that sit atop a four-storey office podium comprised of fitness facilities and luxury retail. A city garden will be turned into a new international cultural, art and fashion centre, complete with statues and historical sycamores.

The Fairmont's rooms, designed by Wilson Associates, combine contemporary design flourishes with bespoke Turkish elements and industrial references to the former factory. "Contemporary classicism" is created by merging "a polished Parisian sensibility with an eclectic, contemporary New York flair", with Istanbul "straddling these two worlds providing a third component."

The hotel’s USP is the Turkish-themed, 2,000 sq m (21,527sq ft) Willow Stream Spa, which pays homage to local traditions by offering a Turkish bath and authentic hammam treatments.

Managed by Fairmont’s in-house team, the spa houses seven treatment rooms and two couples’ VIP suites, a yoga room and an indoor pool with a retractable glass separator which opens up in spring and summer. There is also a separate outdoor pool.

Wet areas include an authentic, Turkish hammam and a wide range of saunas, steamrooms, ice fountains and relaxation areas.

Aysegul Sungur, Promet’s general manager, said: “The design is based on clean and minimal forms, inspired by natural organic shapes and materials. The soothing concept has been enriched with Turkish patterns and luxury touches.”

Joanne Yong, principal and design director at Wilson Associates, added: “The Fairmont Istanbul is a dream: inspired by a rich past that is strongly rooted in the present. The design weaves both heritage and stylish modernity; where the guest experience subliminally mirrors the ageless Turkish concept of journey and welcome.”

Fairmont is in the middle of an expansion push and is set to open the 134-room Fairmont Royal Palm Marrakech resort in Morocco this month.

Fairmont was acquired by French hotel giant Accor in June 2016 in a deal worth US$2.7bn.

Canadian hospitality group Fairmont Hotels & Resorts is continuing its global expansion strategy with the opening of a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey. The 209-room Fairmont Quasar is located in Mecidiyeköy, one of Istanbul’s business quarters on the western side of city. It is housed in the wider Quasar Istanbul complex, which occupies a site once home to a liquor factory designed by the French architect Robert Mallet Stevens – parts
CLD,SAB,HOT,ARC,DES
Managed by Fairmont’s in-house team, the spa houses seven treatment rooms and a large wet area
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6730     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6730     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Matrix Fitness
Unrelenting drive to be the best at what we do underpins activity throughout our vertically integrated business life cycle.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
Snohetta’s underwater restaurant
"Should a thousand year wave occur, you’ll be completely safe"

A sneak preview of one of the world’s largest underwater restaurants

3XN recently unveiled designs for the new Sydney Fish Market. It features an open front and undulating roof
Kim Herforth Nielsen founded 3XN in 1986 with Lars Frank Nielsen and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen
"I always wanted to do more than just designing buildings"

How Danish firm 3XN is harnessing the power of architecture to shape human behaviour

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The Za-Koenji Public Theatre in Tokyo
Toyo Ito was born in Seoul in 1941. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo
"I have one dream with my work. Architecture should equal nature"

The Pritzker Prize-winner talks about inspiration, battling bureaucracy and the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium saga with Kim Megson

Taikoo Place has been designed to offer a calm haven within the city
Mary Bowman studied at the University of Virginia and the Architectural Association
"Marina One was quite special in the degree of integration between the landscaping and architecture "

The Gustafson Porter + Bowman partner on the landscape projects changing the face of our cities

The Newspaper Cafe in Jinhua Architecture Park, China
Born in Kobe, Japan and later growing up in New York, Mori has become a trailblazer for women in architecture around the world
"Every decision you make, you should think seven generations ahead"

From a compressed earth cultural centre in Senegal to the sleek Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Mori’s work shares a clarity of purpose

After the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, the Rockaway Boardwalk was rebuilt and designed to be a space that brings the community together
Claire Weisz
"I prefer to be labelled a feminist architect than a female architect. I’d love to work with more women"

The WXY co-founder and urbanist with a passion for improving our public spaces

Krause Sawyer drew inspiration from the city’s heritage in their design
"Millennials are investing more in experiences versus physical things"

How millennial travellers are transforming hotel design

featured supplier
Featured Supplier: EXF supports Third Space to create London’s largest functional training space at The Yard
Bespoke fitness manufacturer EXF has extended its relationship with Third Space, by supplying the luxury fitness group with London’s largest functional training rig at its Canary Wharf club.
cladkit product news
Tredje Natur launches Climate Tile to bring green spaces to urban settings
Tredje Natur has installed the pilot system of its Climate Tile system in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen
Lauren Heath-Jones
Danish company Tredje Natur (Third Nature) has recently installed the pilot system of its innovative street paving system in the ...
Zaha Hadid Design partners with Royal Thai to create carpet collection celebrating Zaha Hadid's legacy
The carpets capture Hadid's notable use of layering and interweaving as well as her use of light and shadow
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with carpet manufacturer Royal Thai to create a new carpet collection inspired by the work ...
Aotta launches sound panels made from hemp husks
The panels are designed to maintain 'healthy spaces' and consist of Hemp husks fashioned into a natural porous membrane that absorbs sound
Lauren Heath-Jones
Russian design studio Aotta has developed a range of eco-friendly, sound-absorbing panels made from the waste products of hemp seeds. ...
cladkit product news
Water inspires Zaha Hadid Design x Rosenthal collaboration
The collection consists of three smaller collections: Weave, Strip and Lapp. Weave was inspired by 'the fluid lines of Zaha Hadid's sketching hand'
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with porcelain manufacturer Rosenthal to create a new collection of vases. Called the Lapp collection, ...
Baux creates plant-based acoustic panels
Baux has worked with scientists from the Royal Institute of Technology to create Baux Acoustic Pulp, a plant-derived acoustic solution
Lauren Heath-Jones
Baux, an acoustic products brand based in Sweden, has developed a line of biodegradable acoustic panels, using a plant-based material ...
Bartok Design installs 'transformative' soaking tubs in SpaFusion at Pallazzo Varignana
Bartok Design creates traditional Japanese soaking tubs
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bartok Design, a Japan-based supplier of Ofuro (Japanese bathtubs), has completed a major installation at the newly opened SpaFusion at ...
cladkit product news
David Rockwell partners with Jim Thompson for dream-inspired fabric collection
Rockwell has designed 12 multi-use fabrics inspired by dreams with long-time collaborator Jim Thompson
Lauren Heath-Jones
Renowned architect David Rockwell has created a collection of fabrics with long-time collaborator Jim Thompson. Called Dreams, the collection was ...
Volvo partners with Reef Lab Designs to encourage ocean biodiversity
The tiles are made from marine-grade concrete and recycled plastic fibres
Lauren Heath-Jones
Car manufacturer Volvo has partnered with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science and Reef Design Lab to create an environmentally-friendly ...
John Pawson reimagines oil lantern for Wästberg
The Holocene No. 4 reflects Pawson's pared-back style and neutral palette
Lauren Heath-Jones
Swedish lighting company Wästberg has expanded its Holocene collection, with a new addition, Holocene No. 4, designed by acclaimed architect ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates