With design by Hyphen Architects in collaboration with Manor Studio, the guestrooms at Akyra Manor Hotel seek to create a courtyard experience within the guestroom. This attempt to move away from the typical insulated space results in a semi-outdoor concept with pebble flooring, large round bathtub and cloud-like pendant light presented to guests from the moment of entry. Described as an art installation, the space is functional as both an area of relaxation and a visual stimulant, elevating the guest experience.
The guestroom walls are adorned with black spray-painted timber panels, put up with a cladding system. Contrasting, metal rods sprayed to resemble brass are further highlighted by the clever use of lighting. Guest experience has also been considered when it comes to privacy, with the bed set into a cubby to provide a sense of enclosure juxtaposing the open courtyard space. Akyra Manor Hotel was praised by the judging panel for its “clean lines, urban feel and interesting use of FF&E to deliver a unique indoor/outdoor guest experience”.