Ibis Styles Saint Andrew Square
An interior redesign celebrating Scottish literary icons
We were appointed directly by Accor to complete the interior design of a new Ibis Styles hotel in Edinburgh’s New Town. The building, formally the office of Scottish Life Assurance office is situated on the corner of St Andrews Square directly opposite Harvey Nichols. The building has been completely transformed with 103 new guestrooms being formed over six floors. The ground floor is reconfigured to accommodate a reception, bar, restaurant and back-of-house areas.
Ibis Styles, St Andrews Square follows the theme of Scottish literary heroes and poets, reflecting a different iconic literary mind such as Robert Burns or Walter Scott. This has been achieved through subtle detailing on the case goods and the use of large digital wallcoverings. Contemporary tartan-inspired carpets and vibrant colours which vary throughout the hotel provide the guest with a unique hotel experience.
The building has been completely transformed with 103 new guestrooms over six floors, with the reconfigured ground floor accommodating a reception, bar, restaurant and back-of-house areas.
Ibis led the way with the 'Styles' branding, injecting zingy colours, strong design and a sense of fun into a previously straight-laced corporate world. The designers combined function with fun and came up with a sharp, modern vibe that feels bright and fresh. Colours are brash, with psychedelic tartan carpets and Scottish themed wallpapers — imagine Brigadoon re-designed by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
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