Dom Boutique Hotel
St. Petersburg, Russia
Project Orange was invited to work on the first independent design hotel in St Petersburg in 2005. Formerly an apartment block, the hotel is housed in a nineteenth century building located within the Museum Quarter of the city. The design of the hotel marries a classical setting with contemporary interventions.
Entering the hotel the guest arrives into a spilt level staircase that leads up to the lobby and down to meeting rooms. The space is lined in glossy black panelling with a Nero Marquina and Carrara marble herringbone floor and is a showcase for quirky furniture, objets d'art and contemporary paintings.
A connection from the lobby takes guests to the restaurant, lit from above by a new glazed roof and striking, contemporary chandeliers. The walls are panelled and painted an earthy green colour providing a backdrop to the graphic but traditional handmade inlaid wood floor. The main ‘icon’ of the restaurant is an enormous light box showing a nineteenth image from The Hermitage Museum.
The bedrooms reflect the spirit of the hotel and continue the panelling detail to re-create a classical space that features a collection of furniture to designs by Project Orange. The look of the room is deliberately eclectic; an assortment of personal choices that have been gathered over time.