Across the globe in Qatar, Accor is partnering with Katara Hospitality on a cobranded Fairmont and Raffles hotel slated to open in time for the Persian Gulf nation to host the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
Inside the arched towers, designed to represent the traditional scimitars on Qatar’s national seal, a total of 493 rooms and suites will be available for booking, with an additional 49 luxury residences at the “six-star” Raffles.
The first outpost for both brands in the country also offers access to movie theaters, boutique shopping, restaurants, a cigar lounge, and coworking and event spaces.
“We strongly believe the property we are developing will provide Qatar with an architectural symbol that is known and understood right across the globe,” said Sheikh Nawaf bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, chairman of Katara Hospitality.
“Our vision is to set new standards that go beyond the borders of the hospitality industry and provide a landmark location that is instantly recognized internationally.”
Torre Rosewood at Cidade Matarazzo—São Paulo
Brazil’s Mata Atlântica Tower, a 300-foot vertical forest tower designed by Jean Nouvel with rooms by Philippe Starck, is the Rosewood hotel group’s first foray into South America, with 150 hotel rooms and 122 apartments.
It’s also the centerpiece of Cidade Matarazzo, a seven-acre complex of shops, restaurants and office space housed in the bones of an old maternity hospital in São Paulo’s bohemian Bela Vista neighborhood.
Other highlights include a Rudy Ricciotti–designed office building made to resemble a forest of liana vines; Browns Matarazzo, a “department store of the future” with eco-friendly and locally sourced goods; and the House of Creativity, a cultural center with exhibition space, concert halls, music studio, cinemas, and theaters.
“The whole idea here is…to create something that the whole world will talk about,” developer Alexandre Allard told the Financial Times in 2017.