The recent opening of its stylish doors in Riebeek Street has put the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence’s beautifully crafted design and the building’s award-winning architecture in the spotlight. The Mother City is renowned the world over for its iconic deep blue ocean and mountainous landscapes, so it comes as no surprise that our natural elements serve as an inspiration to many. A stunning mix of historic and ultra-modern, this award-winning CBD venue pays homage to our city roots.
According to Desmond O’Connor, General Manager of Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, sophisticated design and elegant decor is an integral part of the Radisson Blu brand globally, with the decor of each hotel around the world meticulously planned, designed and tailored to the city and country in which it is situated.
Focusing on the moody complexities of Cape Town’s weather and the unique history is exactly what appointed interior design studio, Source Interior Brand Architecture’s Creative Director Mardre Meyer and his team had in mind when drafting the extensively detailed design direction for the hotel.
The iconic building in Riebeek Street was constructed in the 1990’s for Old Mutual to move from their head office, then situated in Darling Street. It was designed in reference to the original head office, with features and elements that are reminiscent of the building in Darling Street, now known as Old Mutual Heights. With its unique and recognisable triangular windows and cross-shaped exterior, this iconic building has been transformed into the perfect city-centre hub for business trips and stylish getaway for leisure travellers as South Africa’s newest Radisson Blu.
Mardre Meyer says the interior design and decor of the hotel incorporates contemporary shades of grey, green and blue, alongside the use of ombre patterns, reminiscent of mist diffusing through Cape Town’s city bowl. Sporting its original marble flooring and wooden wall panels, which have been incorporated into the sophisticated design, the hotel’s decor combines all things modern and stylish with the original materials that were an integral part of the building’s characteristics from the onset.