LONDON (January 2020) – World leading hospitality design firm HBA has announced the formation of HBA EMEA. The announcement sees the joining of the firm’s London and Dubai studios under the direction of Partner David T’Kint. With specialist divisions including lighting, graphics and art curation, HBA EMEA’s end-to-end offering will produce inspired, brand-strengthening design experiences that reflect a true sense of place.
The announcement coincides with the delivery of HBA EMEA’s first project, the newly opened Great Scotland Yard. A landmark development in London’s City of Westminster, it is the first Unbound Collection by Hyatt hotel in the UK. Once the London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters, the listed building’s latest chapter is a 152-room luxury boutique hotel, in which the stories of the building’s past unfold through exquisitely sculpted interiors and eclectic decorative elements.
Tradition and history meet present-day luxury in the design of Great Scotland Yard. Transforming this historical space into a welcoming place for discerning travellers, HBA EMEA’s designers have expressed the individuality of Great Scotland Yard through an unexpected play of Edwardian-inspired hues and patterns, conventional Whitehall, and colours that relive the timeless elegance and sophistication of the era with a flair of contemporary details.
HBA Partner David T’Kint said, “As interior architects we don’t just create spaces, but experiences that are inspired by the history, culture and locale of a destination.
“Driven by creativity and in response to the evolution of luxury design, HBA EMEA brings together the talents and specialities of our global team to enhance our 360-degree service, creating a one-stop-shop for inspired hospitality design.”
Alongside Great Scotland Yard, HBA EMEA team has also worked on the interiors for landmark luxury residential development Antares. The development, which represents a unique addition to the Barcelona residential market, combines HBA EMEA’s contemporary design expertise, with a connection to locale to deliver a space for the global citizen yet anchored if the destination of Barcelona. Spearheaded by HBA EMEA Senior Associate Erica Pritchard, the project brings the theatre of hospitality design to a residential project.
Under the direction of David T’Kint, who brings over 15 years of hospitality design experience, HBA EMEA’s specialist divisions include Canvas, an integrated global art consultancy; Illuminate, an independent lighting consultancy providing innovative and creative lighting solutions, and Graphics, which provides a complete design service for branding and graphic design bringing hospitality brands to life. Highlighting the firm’s dynamic approach to the ever-evolving market is HBA EMEA’s sub-brand Studio HBA. This young, energetic and versatile team are nimble in their approach to design, offering solutions for the growing sector of mid-market hospitality projects.