Gold Key Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

Finalists have been announced for the 40th annual Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design, the industry’s oldest and most prestigious awards program for hospitality interiors, sponsored by Boutique Design magazine. The 2020 Gold Key judges selected these standout projects from a competitive field of 350 submissions from more than 100 design firms around the world.

Winners in 23 categories, as well as the Judges’ So Cool award winner and the Designer of the Year, will be revealed during a virtual event December 14. Both winners and finalists will also be highlighted in the Winter 2020 issue of Boutique Design magazine. Additional details and registration information for the virtual event are available here.

The Gold Key Awards competition recognizes the influential and innovative design work in the international hospitality industry. To be eligible, new construction, conversion or renovation projects must have been completed from July 1, 2019 to July 1, 2020. Finalists and winners are determined by a jury of industry leaders from the hospitality operations, design, development, and investment sectors.

Judges for the 40th annual Gold Key Awards:

Gonzalo Bustamante, EVP of design and development, MGM Resorts International
Wing T. Chao, founder, Wing T. Chao Global Advisors
Wade Fischer, SVP of design and construction, Aimbridge Hospitality
Julie Frank, SVP of design, Highgate Hotels
Stacey Greene, VP of project management, Pyramid Hotel Group
Scott Hammons, VP of design and construction, DiamondRock Hospitality Company
Carl Hren, SVP of development, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company
Lori Horvath, managing director of project and development services, hotels/hospitality, Jones Lang LaSalle
Linda Laucirica, senior director of design and project management, lifestyle full-service brands, Marriott International
David McCaslin, chief development officer, HHM
Michael Medzigian, chairman and CEO, Watermark Lodging Trust
Barry Nidiffer, founder and development manager, Barry Partners, LLC
Thomas Prins, principal, TQP Capital Partners
Stephani Robson, senior lecturer, Cornell School of Hotel Administration
Christine Shanahan, principal, HVS Design

The 2020 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design finalists:

BEST ECO OR SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS HOTEL
andBeyondSossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibrand Nature Reserve, Namibia
Design, Architecture, and Purchasing Firm: Fox Browne Creative, Johannesburg, South Africa
Architecture Firm: Fox Browne Creative, Architect Jack Alexander, Johannesburg | Client: andBeyond, Johannesburg

C. Baldwin, Curio Collection by Hilton, Houston
Design Firm: Rottet Studio, Houston
Architecture Firm:designONE studio, Marietta, Georgia | Client: Brookfield Hotel Properties, New York | Purchasing Firm: The Parker Company, Miami

SCP Redmond, Redmond, Oregon
Design and Purchasing Firm: ELK Collective, Portland, Oregon
Architecture Firm: Faegre Associates, Portland, Oregon | Client: Soul Community Planet (SCP Hotels), San Juan Capistrano, California

BEST LOBBY FOCUSED SERVICE
Hyatt Place Chicago – Wicker Park
Design Firm: Sheedy DeLaRosa Interiors, Chicago
Architecture Firm:Legat Architects, Oak Brook, Illinois| Client: 1551 Inc., Morton Grove, Illinois | Purchasing Firm: Rosemont Project Management, Chicago

MeeHotel, Shenzhen, China
Design Firm: PANORAMA Design Group, Hong Kong
Client and Purchasing Firm: Shenzhen MeeHotel Management Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Moxy Boston Downtown
Design, Architecture, and Purchasing Firm:GroupOne Partners, Boston
Architect of Record: Stantec, Boston | Client: Norwich Partners, Lebanon, Massachusetts

BEST LOBBY MIDSCALE
AC Hotel by Marriott Charlotte SouthPark, North Carolina
Design Firm: Baskervill, Richmond, Virginia
Architecture Firm: LS3P Associates Ltd., Charlotte, North Carolina | Client: JWM Family Enterprises Inc., Rockville, Maryland | Purchasing Firm: Marriott International, Bethesda, Maryland

Belleview Inn, Belleair, Florida
Design Firm: Sims Patrick Studio, Atlanta
Architecture Firm: BSB Design, Safety Harbor, Florida | Client: JMC Communities, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida | Purchasing Firm: PEBL, Woodstock, Georgia

Fieldhouse Jones Nashville
Design Firms: Bedderman Lodging, Chicago; Architectural Artifacts, Chicago; Siren Betty Design, Chicago
Architecture Firm: NORR Architecture, Chicago |Client: Lyla Tov Hospitality Holdings, Nashville | Purchasing Firm: Pinback Design, Chicago

BEST LOBBY UPPER MIDSCALE
AC Hotel Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Design Firm:Colwen Design, Hooksett, New Hampshire
Architecture Firm: ProCon Construction, Hooksett, New Hampshire | Client: XSS Hotels, Hooksett, New Hampshire | Purchasing Firm: Colwen Purchasing, Hooksett, New Hampshire

HualuxeXi’An Hi-tech Zone, Xi-An, China
Design and Purchasing Firm: Cheng Chung Design, Shenzhen
Architecture Firm: China Northwest Architecture Design and Research Institute Co. LTD, Xi’An, China | Client: Xi’an Zhong Jing Industrial Investment Co., Ltd., Xi’An, China | Purchasing Firm: Asian Time Group (ATG)

The Kindler Hotel, Lincoln, Nebraska
Design and Purchasing Firm: Ross Vincent Design, West Hollywood
Architecture Firm: Peace Studio Architects, Lincoln, Nebraska | Client: CAS-NEB-NEDA, LLC, Peoria, Arizona

BEST LOBBY UPSCALE
Aoxin Holiday Hotel, Luzhou, China
Design and Purchasing Firm: ADDDESIGN, Guangzhou, China
Architecture Firm: Suzhou Licheng Architectural Design Institute, Kunshan Development Zone, China | Client: 3000 Sojourn, Chengdu, China

The Ben, Autograph Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida
Design Firm:EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida
Architecture Firm: PFVS, Atlanta | Client and Purchasing Firm: Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, Raleigh, North Carolina

White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida
Design and Architecture Firm: Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston
Client: New England Development, Boston| Purchasing Firm: GS Associates, Newburyport, Massachusetts

BEST LOBBY LUXURY
Austin Proper Hotel
Design Firm: Kelly Wearstler Interiors, Los Angeles
Architecture Firm: Handel Architects, San Francisco | Client: Proper Hospitality, Santa Monica, California | Purchasing Firm: Canoe Hospitality, El Segundo, California

Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, Waimea, Hawaii
Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Architecture Firm: RIM Architects, Anchorage; Hart Howerton, New York | Client: Prospect Hill Group, San Francisco | Purchasing Firm: Summa International, Honolulu

Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara, California
Design Firm: HBA, Los Angeles
Architecture Firm: WATG, Irvine, California| Client: Watermark Lodging Trust, Inc., Chicago | Purchasing Firm: Benjamin West, Louisville, Colorado

BEST GUESTROOM FOCUSED SERVICE
MeeHotel, Shenzhen, China
Design Firm: PANORAMA Design Group, Hong Kong
Client and Purchasing Firm: Shenzhen MeeHotel Management Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Moxy East Village
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Architecture Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York | Client: Lightstone, New York | Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

White Sands Hotel, Honolulu
Design Firm: The Vanguard Theory, Honolulu
Architecture Firm: Workshop-HI, Honolulu | Client: White Sands Owner LLC, Honolulu | Purchasing Firm: Summa International, Honolulu

BEST GUESTROOM MIDSCALE
Canvas Hotel, Dallas
Design Firm: Studio 11 Design, Dallas
Architecture Firm: Larue Construction, Dallas | Client: Matthews Southwest|Purchasing Firm: Interstate Hotels, Arlington, Virginia

Generator Washington DC
Design Firm: Studio 11 Design, Dallas
Architecture Firm: BBGM, Washington, DC | Client: Generator | Purchasing Firm:Neil Locke & Associates (public spaces), Chicago

Yours Truly DC, Washington, DC
Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Architecture Firm: //3877, Washington, DC | Client: Brookfield Property Group, New York | Purchasing Firm: Slate Procurement, Chicago

BEST GUESTROOM UPPER MIDSCALE
Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland, Oregon
Design and Architecture Firm: SERA Architects, Portland, Oregon
Client: Mortenson Development, Portland, Oregon | Purchasing Firm: Rosemont Project Management, Chicago

Hoodoo Moab, Curio Collection by Hilton, Moab, Utah
Design Firm: Atwater Inc. Studio, Northridge, California
Architecture Firms: AE Urbia, South Jordan, Utah and Bynum Design Build, Boulder, Colorado | Client: Hospitality Management Services, Moab, Utah and Western States Lodging, Salt Lake City | Purchasing Firm: Nancy Nee Hospitality Purchasing, Agoura Hills, California

The Otis Hotel, Autograph Collection, Austin
Design Firm: Flick Mars, Dallas
Architecture Firm: HKS, Dallas | Client and Purchasing Firm: White Lodging, Merrillville, Indiana

BEST GUESTROOM UPSCALE
Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Design Firm: Commune Design, Los Angeles
Architecture Firm: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Minato City, Japan | Client: Atelier Ace, Los Angeles/ NTT Urban Development| Purchasing Firm: CrossLink, Minato, Japan

Atelier Playa Mujeres, Cancún, Mexico
Design Firms: Curioso, Chicago and Merida, Mexico, and Francisco HanhausenArquitectura y Diseno, Mexico City
Architecture Firm:KinceArquitectura, Cancún | Client and Purchasing Firm:Atelier de Hoteles, Cancún

Canopy by Hilton Cancún La Isla, Mexico
Design Firm: HBA, San Francisco
Architecture Firm: AOMA, Mexico City | Client and Purchasing Firm: Parks, LLC, Mexico City

The Ben, Autograph Collection, West Palm Beach, Florida
Design Firm: EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida
Architecture Firm: PFVS, Atlanta | Client and Purchasing Firm: Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, Raleigh, North Carolina

Hotel Mediterraneo Sorrento, Italy
Design and Architecture Firm: The Hickson Design Partnership, London
Client: Hotel Mediterraneo, Sorrento, Italy| Purchasing Firm: Sergio Maresca, Sorrento, Italy

BEST GUESTROOM LUXURY
Four Seasons Hotel One Dalton Street, Boston
Design Firm: Bill Rooney Studio, New York
Architecture Firms: Cambridge Seven Architects, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, New York | Client: Carpenter and Co., Cambridge, Massachusetts | Purchasing Firm: GS Associates, Newburyport, Massachusetts

Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London
Design Firm: HBA, EMEA
Architecture Firm: EPR, London |Client: Twenty14 Holdings, Dubai |Purchasing Firm: Parker Liddell, Hampshire, UK

The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Wanship, Utah
Design Firm: Design 360 Unlimited, Santa Monica, California
Architecture Firm: AJC Architects, Salt Lake City | Client: Blue Sky, Coalville, Utah |Purchasing Firm: JWC, Tucson, Arizona

Sofitel Rome Villa Borghes, Italy
Design Firm:Studio Jean-Philippe Nuel, Paris& New York
Client and Purchasing Firm: AccorInvest, Milan

BEST SUITE
Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Design Firm: Commune Design, Los Angeles
Architecture Firm: Kengo Kuma & Associates, Minato City, Japan | Client: Atelier Ace, Los Angeles / NTT Urban Development | Purchasing Firm: CrossLink, Minato, Japan

Wanda Vista Kunming, Yunan, China
Design Firm: Wanda Hotel Design Institute, Beijing
Architecture Firm: Beijing GuokeTianchuang Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd. | Client and Purchasing: Sunac Cultural Tourism Group, Beijing

White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida
Design and Architecture Firm: Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston
Client: New England Development, Boston| Purchasing Firm: GS Associates, Newburyport, Massachusetts

BEST EMERGING CONCEPT
The Boarding House, Cape May, New Jersey
Design, Architecture, and Purchasing Firm: DAS Architects, Philadelphia
Client: Montreal Beach Resorts & Boarding House, Cape May, New Jersey

The Wayfarer Downtown LA
Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Architecture Firm: Rockefeller Kempel Architects, El Segundo, California | Client: Pacifica Hotels, Aliso Viejo, California| Purchasing Firm: Level 3 Design Group, Los Angeles

BEST SPECIALTY DESIGN
Balfour at Lavender Farms, Louisville, Colorado
Design Firm: Balfour Interiors, Louisville, Colorado
Architecture Firm: DTJ Design, Boulder, Colorado | Client: Balfour Senior Living, Louisville, Colorado| Purchasing Firm: Genterro, Edgewood, Colorado

Bolden at the Boro, Tysons, Maryland
Design Firm: RD Jones + Associates, Baltimore
Architecture Firm: Shalom Baranes Associates, Washington, DC | Client: Kettler Development, McLean, Virginia| Purchasing Firm: Becwood Purchasing, Baltimore

Chase Center, San Francisco
Interior Architect: Gensler, Los Angeles
Lead Design Firm/Architect: MANICA Architecture, Kansas City, Missouri |Executive Architect: Kendall/Heaton Associates, Houston |Client: Golden State Warriors, San Francisco| Purchasing Firm: Vanguard Concept Offices, San Francisco

The Club & Spa at Equinox Hudson Yards, New York
Design Firm: Joyce Wang Studio, Hong Kong
Architecture Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, New York | Client: Equinox, New York | Purchasing Firm: Project Dynamics (OS&E) and The Cardy Group, Toronto (FF&E)

Plaza Gaming, Macau
Design Firm: Peter Silling& Associates, Hong Kong
Architecture Firm: Aedas (Macau) Lda, Macau | Client and Purchasing: Venetian Cotai Limited, Macau

BEST NIGHTCLUB/LOUNGE
Lilly Rose, Los Angeles
Design Firm: The Gettys Group, Chicago
Architecture Firm: Rockefeller Kempel Architects, El Segundo, California | Client: Pacifica Hotels, Aliso Viejo, California| Purchasing Firm: Level 3 Design Group, Los Angeles

Spirit Vault at The Farm at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming
Design and Purchasing Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Architecture Firm: RMT Architects, Avon, Colorado | Client: Bruce and Beth White

Little Sister, New York
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Architecture Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York | Client: Lightstone, New York| Purchasing Firm:HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

BEST RESTAURANT CASUAL DINING
Chica, Miami
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Architecture Firm: ELM Arch, Miami | Client and Purchasing: 50 Eggs, Miami

Ace Hotel Kyoto, Japan
Design Firm: Commune Design, Los Angeles
Architecture Firm:Kengo Kuma & Associates, Minato City, Japan | Client: Atelier Ace, Los Angeles / NTT Urban Development | Purchasing Firm:CrossLink, Minato, Japan

Proper Grit, West Palm Beach, Florida
Design Firm: EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida
Architecture Firm: PFVS, Atlanta | Client and Purchasing Firm: Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, Raleigh, North Carolina

Prova Bar and Kitchen, Ottawa
Design Firm: CHIL Interior Design, Vancouver, Canada
Architecture Firm: Rickson Outhet Architect, Ottawa | Client: SilverBirch Hotels & Resorts, Vancouver, Canada | Purchasing Firm: Sue Dulmage& Associates, Toronto

Soda & Swine UCSD, San Diego
Design and Purchasing Firm: BASILE Studio, San Diego
Architecture Firm: MW Steele, Barrio Logan, California | Client: CH Projects, San Diego

BEST RESTAURANT FINE DINING
Cathédrale, New York
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Architecture Firm: Stonehill Taylor, New York | Client: Lightstone, New York | Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

Maximon, Baltimore
Design and Purchasing Firm: Patrick Sutton, Baltimore
Architecture Firm: Beatty Harvey Coco Architects, Baltimore | Client: Atlas Restaurant Group, Baltimore

Nan Bei, Bangkok
Design Firm:AvroKO, New York
Architecture Firm: Tandem/KPF, Bangkok | Client: Rosewood Hotel Group, Hong Kong |
Purchasing Firm: Rende Development, Bangkok

Quality Bistro, New York
Design Firm:AvroKO, New York
Architecture Firm: Beyond Arch, New York | Client and Purchasing: Quality Branded, New York

BEST RESORT
Atelier Playa Mujeres, Cancún, Mexico
Design Firms: Curioso, Chicago and Merida, Mexico, and Francisco HanhausenArquitectura y Diseno, Mexico City
Architecture Firm:KinceArquitectura, Cancún | Client and Purchasing Firm: Atelier de Hoteles, Cancún

Rosewood Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands
Design Firm: Meyer Davis, New York
Architecture Firm: OBMI, Coral Gables, Florida| Client: Rosewood Hotels| Purchasing Firm: Martin Stringfellow Associates

The Standard, Huruvalhi Maldives
Design Firm: Goodrich, New York
Client, Architecture Firm, and Purchasing: Standard Hotels (Standard International Management), New York

Wanda Vista Kunming, China
Design Firm: Wanda Hotel Design Institute, Beijing
Architecture Firm: Beijing GuokeTianchuang Architectural Design Institute Co., Ltd. | Client and Purchasing: Sunac Cultural Tourism Group, Beijing

BEST HOTEL FOCUSED SERVICE
AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Design and Architecture Firm: DLR Group, Minneapolis and Chicago
Client:CWD Real Estate Investment and AHC Hospitality, Grand Rapids, Michigan | Purchasing Firm:MH2 Purchasing, Hudson, Ohio

MeeHotel, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Design and Architecture Firm: PANORAMA Design Group, Hong Kong
Client and Purchasing: Shenzhen MeeHotel Management Co., Ltd., Shenzhen

Moxy East Village, New York
Design Firm: Rockwell Group, New York
Architect of Record: Stonehill Taylor, New York | Client: Lightstone, New York
Purchasing Firm: HPG International, Walnut Creek, California

BEST HOTEL MIDSCALE
Barbary Beach Hotel, Key West
Design and Architecture Firm: EoA Group, Coral Gables, Florida
Client: DiamondRock Hospitality Group, Bethesda, Maryland| Purchasing Firm: Bray Whaler, Denver

The Last Hotel, St. Louis
Design and Architecture Firm: ESG Architecture & Design, Minneapolis
Client: Fe Equus Development, Milwaukee | Purchasing Firm: Carroll Adams, Orlando

Yours Truly DC, Washington, DC
Design Firm: Simeone Deary Design Group, Chicago
Architecture Firm: //3877, Washington, DC | Client: Brookfield Property Group, New York | Purchasing Firm: Slate Procurement, Chicago

BEST HOTEL UPPER MIDSCALE
The Candler Hotel Atlanta, Curio Collection by Hilton
Design Firm: NICOLEHOLLIS, San Francisco
Architecture Firm: The Beck Group, Atlanta | Developer: Development Services Group, Memphis | Client: Confidential
Purchasing Firm:The Carroll Adams Group, Orlando

The Central Station Memphis, Curio Collection by Hilton
Design Firm: Looney & Associates, Dallas
Architecture Firm: Bounds & Gillespie Architects, Memphis |Client: Henry Turley Company, Memphis | Purchasing Firm: Bray Whaler, Denver

Glass Light Hotel & Gallery, an Autograph Collection Hotel, Norfolk, Virginia
Design and Architecture Firm: Baskervill, Richmond, Virginia
Client: Suburban Capital, Virginia Beach, Virginia | Purchasing Firm: CPD, Boca Raton, Florida

BEST HOTEL UPSCALE
Golden Eagle G Hotel Nanjing, China
Design Firm: Yang Bangsheng & Associates Group, Shenzhen, China
Architecture Firm: Rolland &Associés, Angers, France | Client and Purchasing: Nan Jing Golden Eagle International Group

The Standard, London
Design Firm: Shawn Hausman Design, San Francisco
Architecture Firm: Archer Humphryes, London | Client: Crosstree Real Estate Partners, London |Purchasing Firm: Chris Turner Procurement, London

Umbral, Curio Collection by Hilton, Mexico City
Design Firm: Nomah, Mexico City
Architecture Firm: JSaArquitectura Javier Sanchez, Mexico City | Client: Origen Group, Mexico City |Purchasing Firm: FideicomisoVenustiano Carranza, Mexico City

White Elephant Palm Beach, Florida
Design and Architecture Firm:Elkus Manfredi Architects, Boston
Client: New England Development, Boston| Purchasing Firm: GS Associates, Newburyport, Massachusetts

BEST HOTEL LUXURY
Great Scotland Yard Hotel, London
Design Firm: HBA, EMEA
Architecture Firm: EPR, London | Client: Twenty14 Holdings, Dubai | Purchasing Firm: Parker Liddell, Hampshire, UK

Park Hyatt Kyoto, Japan
Design Firm: tonychi, New York and Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo
Client and Architecture: Takenaka Corporation, Tokyo | Purchasing Firm: Takenaka | Asahi Corporation, Osaka, Japan

Raffles Singapore
Design Firm: ChampalimaudDesign, New York
Architecture and Purchasing Firm: Aedas, Singapore | Client: Katara Hospitality, Doha

Rosewood Guangzhou, China
Design Firm: YabuPushelberg, New York
Architecture Firm: Kohn Pedersen Fox, Shanghai | Client: Rosewood Hotel Group, Hong Kong | Purchasing Firm: New World Development, Hong Kong

St. Regis Cairo, Nile Corniche, Cairo, Egypt
Design and Interior Architecture Firm: Michael Graves Architecture & Design, Princeton, New Jersey |Exterior Architecture Firm: MGA-HKS, LLC, Princeton, New Jersey and Dallas |Local Architecture Firm: ECG |Client and Purchasing Firm: Qatari Diar, Cairo

“This year, perhaps more than ever, it feels important to celebrate the hospitality industry and particularly the hard work that goes into crafting those spaces that guests, and most of us, are missing,” says Katie Kervin, senior managing editor of Boutique Design magazine. “While things are constantly shifting, one thing that remains is the industry’s commitment to quality and excellence in hospitality design.”

During the virtual Gold Key Awards ceremony, NEWH, the premier networking resource for the hospitality industry, will present the NEWH $10,000 Interior Design scholarship, sponsored by P/Kaufmann Contract, to an exemplary student pursuing a degree in hospitality interior design.

Complete details about the Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design are available at bdny.com/goldkey.

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