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Stunning winners of 2015 Air Canada enRoute Hotel Design Awards revealed

Now in its third edition, the awards program celebrates Canadian architects and interior designers who shape how we make ourselves at home away from home.

Air Canada enRoute, in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, RAIC, Architecture Canada and IIDEXCanada, invited Canadian architects and interior designers to enter submissions relating to projects for new or extensively renovated hotels and resorts completed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014 for this biennial competition.

To choose the winning properties, which could be located anywhere in the world, Air Canada enRoute assembled a panel of top international experts: designer Kelly Wearstler, designer Sir Terence Conran, architect David Rockwell, architect Gilles Saucier and Toronto’s Design Exchange president, Shauna Levy.

“The work of architects and interior designers happens largely behind the scenes, so it’s exciting to bring forward the best in Canadian design and put it in the spotlight,” said Jean-François Légaré, editor-in-chief, Air Canada enRoute.

“From the rugged coast of Newfoundland, where architect Todd Saunders built the minimalist Fogo Island Inn, to Barcelona, where Anwar Mekhayech decked out the lobby of the Generator Barcelona with 300 lanterns, this year’s winners know how to make our hotel stays memorable.”

“Air Canada is proud to honour the talent of Canadian architects and interior designers who make their mark around the world,” said Craig Landry, vice-president of marketing, Air Canada. “As a proud Canadian brand, we look for every opportunity to showcase the best of our country.”

Here are this year’s winners:

Best overall architecture
Fogo Island Inn, Joe Batt’s Arm, Newfoundland and Labrador, Todd Saunders (Saunders Architecture)
Best overall interior design
Park Hyatt New York
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu (Yabu Pushelberg)
Best lobby, <150 rooms
Generator Barcelona
Anwar Mekhayech (DesignAgency)
Best lobby, 150+ rooms
The Miami Beach EDITION
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu (Yabu Pushelberg)
Best suite
Drake Devonshire Inn, Wellington, Ontario
John Tong (+Tongtong)
Best standard room, <150 rooms
Casa Solaris, Hix Island House, Vieques, Puerto Rico
John Hix (John Hix Architect)
Best standard room, 150+ rooms
The Miami Beach Edition
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu (Yabu Pushelberg)
Best spa or pool, <150 rooms
The Emblem Hotel, Prague
Alison McNeil (Dialog)
Best spa or pool, 150+ rooms
The Miami Beach Edition
Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu (Yabu Pushelberg)

Rosie Clarke

Rosie Clarke is managing editor at Multimedia Publishing.

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