Architecture and Building Design for a
Major Hotel Renovation by Malaysia Arkitek .
for Extensive Refurbishment of a 5-star Hotel in Asia.
The Hyatt Regency Hotel
was one of the first high-class hotels to be built in Kota Kinabalu,
the capital city of Sabah, Malaysia. It benefits from a prime central
location in the city, adjacent to a large shopping plaza and the
central business district.
It faces the South China
Sea, and affords a panoramic view of the Kota Kinabalu waterfront and
the offshore islands which make up the Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park.
The project involved very
major renovation work throughout the hotel, including the following
areas: 288 rooms on 14 floors; lobby; Japanese Restaurant; buffet
restaurant; kitchen, laundry and chilling room; back of house; offices;
general manager’s suite; junior suites; Kimanis ballroom; business
Such a comprehensive
restoration and refurbishment as this entailed the involvement of a
wide range of engineers and interior designers. They included
an experienced architect
/ project manager (Architect Chin); interior designers; mechanical and
electrical engineer; civil and structural engineer; quantity surveyor;
kitchen designer; laundry designer; lighting designer; contractors.
Renovation on such a
grand scale as this is bound to present some daunting challenges. Among
these were the hotels remaining open for business during the renovation
work. This meant that guests had to have access to their rooms and
other parts of the hotel. In addition, excessive noise had to be kept
under control and at a minimal level. Areas of construction had to be
isolated and circulated around in specific locations. Lastly, access
had to be retained with adequate entrances for guests and staff.
The project management
involved 1 year of planning, while construction and all other work was
spread over two and a half years.
Chin Architect liaised
with 10 consultants from around the world. Information was then
channeled to a selection of local contractors.
These involved the
following before and during the renovation work:-
Processing of tenders;
design coordination; project management; tender analysis; selection and
awarding of tenders; construction management; work supervision.
A range of expert
consultants from different parts of the world were engaged. They
included professionals from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, New
York and Chicago.
As a variety of different
materials were required for such a grand refurbishment, they had to be
imported from several countries. Among these were wall coverings and
fabrics from USA, decorative light fittings and furniture from
Indonesia, marble from Iran and artifacts for the Japanese restaurant
Décor of Nagisa
The aim was to offer an
authentic Japanese dining experience for both foreign and local diners.
The concept of a Japanese fishing village was created, with a small
fishing boat, and antique traditional raincoats made from straw. In
addition a huge antique wooden pestle and mortar is prominently
displayed in the restaurant. It also introduced one of the first
sub-zero freezers to be used in Sabah.
Atrium Lounge and
A feature of the ample
lobby area of the Hyatt Regency Hotel is the six-storey high Atrium,
which uses natural light filtered through sail-inspired fabric on the
The grand restoration and
refurbishment created an airy, spacious, light and graceful atmosphere,
with an uninterrupted view of the South China Sea, enhanced by the use
of rich fabrics, quilted headboard tapestry interspersed with marble
and the use of timber finishes.
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