Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's (SOM) latest endeavor, a Four Seasons Hotel called Bahrain Bay, has been officially opened. Occupying a private 12-acre island, the hotel creates a dynamic new focal point and a thriving destination for the developing Bahrain Bay district. As part of SOM's masterplan, the hotel is an important milestone in activating the waterfront area.
Read on after the break for more on the hotel's program.
A looming 68-stories and 200-meters high, the hotel offers 273 rooms and a number of amenities for guests to enjoy, whether for work or play. Including five pools, a spa and fitness center, and a lofty "Skypod" restaurant, Bahrain Bay is sure to keep guests entertained no matter their length of stay. Additional amenities cater to the enterprise world, providing a business center, event areas, and meeting spaces to suit guests' needs away from the office.
As they arrive, guests are ushered into the resort through limestone pavilions that lend a grand atmosphere. A conference center and ballroom to the east and spa and fitness center to the west activate the resort, while three restaurants of esteemed chef Wolfgang Puck provide a stellar dining experience. Grounding these functions is the 12-meter bronze porte-cochere main entrance, which punctures the tower to create the hotel lobby.
The hotel's program is supported by two concrete piers, hosting 17 floors of guest rooms near the tower's base, and two restaurants and conference floors at the top. The suspended floors celebrate the striking views of the surroundings through floor-to-ceiling glazing on two sides. This lends an ever-changing atmosphere inside as the natural daylighting shifts from day to night, and a monumental quality outside as the shimmering form stands as the symbolic gateway to the resort.
Remarked SOM Design Partner Roger Duffy, "The completion of Four Seasons Bahrain Bay marks a key moment in this district's transformation. The hotel's bold architectural expression reflects the spirit of its surroundings- a growing city brimming with energy."
Final photography will be available in the coming months.