Fiandre blends Italian luxury and Eastern hospitality in this Qatari hotel
In Doha's fashionable West Bay district, Studio Matteo Nunziati designed a five-star luxury hotel, relying on Fiandre Architectural Surfaces to blend Middle Eastern hospitality with Italy's rigorous attention to quality and its effortless glamour.
The surfaces are so immaculate that they seem animated by their own liquid reflections
The Fraser Suites is a residential tower of 50 floors, containing 388 apartments and guest rooms, with views of either the Arabian Sea or the city skyline. Inside, composed in crisp, clean, contemporary lines, traditional Arabic elements, mashrabiya-like screens, partitions and backlit wall panels frame sinuously veined marble floors and walls. The surfaces are so immaculate that they seem animated by their own liquid reflections.
Fiandre creates its products to be versatile, a precision tool with which to give form to architects and interior designers' imaginations. To do this, the brand worked closely with Nunziati's team throughout the project, from inception through completion, to ensure that the Fraser has a Made in Italy quality.
The Fraser's large apartments feature kitchens and well-considered floor plans that accommodate guests staying for the long-term and often needing to work in-room. In them, Fiandre's luminous ceramic ware forms a lush background for Molteni furnishings, FontanaArte lighting and Teuco bathroom fixtures.
Throughout the hotel, Nunziati used Fiandre's largest porcelain slabs from the Marmi Maximum collection, which were produced in a visually striking 300 x 150 cm format. This generous size helps to diminish the appearance of seams in the room's surfaces and because these large tiles are also unusually thin, at 6 mm, they give surfaces both lightness and durability.
To make the lobby warm and sleek, while maintaining its taut lines, Nunziati clad the space with Travertino Maximum porcelain tiles, their soft tones chosen to evoke the surrounding desert. To cultivate an atmosphere of sumptuous luxury in the hotel's restaurants, the architect chose Fiandre's bright Calacatta Maximum.
One of the virtues of the product is not just its minimum maintenance requirements but its relative ease of transport: Fiandre's team had to carry Maximum slabs, in Gold Onyx, to the thirty-second floor lounge without using a lift. It now has an aura of glowing exclusivity.
'A complex product like Maximum must be installed by people with certain capabilities, because otherwise you're giving a Ferrari to someone who can't drive,' explained Nunziati. 'Now there's a whole new aspect, a whole new frontier with respect to product customization.'