A stone’s throw from the Algiers Houari Boumediene International Airport – linked to the terminals by an enclosed footbridge that is an experience in itself – stands the Hyatt Regency Algiers Airport, the first hotel opened by the famous American chain in Algeria.

Immense, majestic and offering all the comforts that the business traveller expects from a luxury hotel.

Hotel exterior. Foto © Hyatt Regency Algiers via Booking.com

 

Materials, lighting and colours play off each other, set amongst a surprising abundance of greenery: these are the features that jump out at you as soon as you step inside.

You are dumb struck for a moment as your mind adjusts to the stark contrast from the outside.

 

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It’s hard to find two spaces the same: metal and glass come together to create fresh new shapes on walls and ceilings, while leather and velvet in various shades make each room unique.

The restaurant areas echo the dictates of Biophilic Design, helping guests connect with nature through the use of vegetation on pendant lights, partitions and decorative objects. Meanwhile, other areas of the lobby give a nod to the interior design of the ’60s and ’70s with softly shaped furniture in natural shades like chestnut or pop colours like yellow.

Every space is unique.

A lounge area designed to promote “meaningful connections”

Meaningful connections is becoming an increasingly popular mantra. A concept that stems from psychology, identifying the need of the individual, but which is gradually spreading to other disciplines, such as interior design.

After all, meeting the needs of people is one of design’s prime objectives.

A meaningful connection ensues when people are allowed to interact directly, without distraction, despite being in a public place. Such as a hotel lobby, a clinic waiting room, or a corporate foyer.

In the lounge area of the Algiers Hyatt Regency Hotel, theory has been put into practice with the choice of Emmegi Radar seating, which has been used in various areas with or without the backrest.

The distinguishing trait of these armchairs designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects is the cocooning backrest: comfortable, contemporary in its design and delivering improved privacy.

Noise between one group of people and the next is “shielded”, allowing for conversations to take place more freely and, as a result, promoting a generally more relaxed feeling.

 

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