When architect practice Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) was tasked with designing an iconic waterfront hotel for the prestigious Four Seasons, it turned to Reynaers to make its visionary glass façade a reality.
Situated on a 12-acre private island in the capital city of Manama, Bahrain, the hotel was an ambitious project: a 68-storey ‘city gateway’. A strong composition of glass, concrete piers and suspended volumes, the newly-completed building combines an urban resort aesthetic with intimate spaces. It’s said to be a statement of the city’s potential – a kick-starter for regional development and an inspiration for what can be achieved.
Working with SOM and contractor Jungbluth Alu Partners, Reynaers stepped in to bring a quality focus to a bespoke solution. Based on its CW 86-EF, CW 50-SC, CP 96 and CS 77-FP systems across full-height windows, doors and curtain walling, Reynaers shaped a custom glass and aluminium façade that added to the hotel’s striking appearance, while maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.
SOM’s 273-bedroom hotel opens up a new world of luxury in Manama and is already being heralded as one of the most iconic buildings to punctuate its changing skyline. By using Reynaers’ quality systems, the Four Seasons Hotel will not only inspire a new age of development in Bahrain, but will also stand the test of time.
Interesting textures and patterning on the concrete walls, as well as the limestone-clad podium, create an earthy, natural finish.
The entrance appears more futuristic through the addition of an external bronze powdercoated aluminium-ceilinged portico, which continues into the lobby.
The impact of the 200m tall tower is softened by a series of pavilions for the spa and conference facilities on either side, as well as a Mediterranean-style garden planted with olive trees and wild flowers.
Each bedroom has full-height windows overlooking the bays, while aluminium panels throughout the building visually connect the disparate levels.