Design Buzz: Four Seasons Philly's Transformation, Reverie Saigon

The world of hotel design is aflutter this week with continuing work on the Four Seasons Philadelphia, which is currently transforming into The Logan, as well as the soft opening of the much-anticipated Reverie Saigon

The Logan rooftop bar

Dawson Design Associates Transforms Four Seasons Philadelphia Into The Logan

The former Four Seasons Philadelphia, which shuttered this past June, is currently undergoing renovations before reopening as The Logan, part of Hilton's boutique Curio collection. Named after Pennsylvania statesman, philosopher, diplomat and scholar James Logan, the 364-room hotel is scheduled to reopen in the third quarter of 2015. 

Dawson Design Associates is leading the renovation with an “art-inspired interpretation on modern luxury.”

In keeping with the Curio brand's local focus, Walter Isenberg, president and CEO of Sage Hospitality, says “everything about this transformation is inspired by the city, its people, its magic and grit.”

Designs include dramatic deep ocean blues, metal and stone throughout the lobby and first floor. Guestrooms and suites will have new floor to ceiling interiors. The meeting and banquet space, as well as the new ballroom, will also get a modern update. 

Other new additions? Expecta new spa and fitness center, as well as a new steakhouse restaurant adjacent to the ballroom. Best of all: a rooftop lounge is scheduled to open in the second quarter of 2016. 

The Reverie Saigon

Kent Lui Designs Reverie Saigon in Vietnam

The Reverie Saigon in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, just celebrated its soft opening, with an official opening set for this September. Designed by architect Kent Lui of Kent Lui Tactics, the hotel aims to combine couture style with bespoke Italian design. 

The street-level lobby greets guests with a ceiling installation made from individual pieces of hand-blown glass, plus a 10 foot tall Baldi clock with crystals and 24 karat gold accents, commissioned especially for the hotel. In the guestrooms, Italian design houses, including Visionnaire, Provasi, Giorgetti and Colombo Stile, have provided furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of the city and the Saigon River. 

In the La Scala Grand Ballroom, a Bechstein grand piano dating from 1895 has been reimagined by Florentine company Baldi. Hand-blown glass chandeliers by Venini and crystal chandeliers by VGnewtrend adorn the ceilings, and the elevators have walls of stenciled steel and golden agate fossil.

The spa is meant to be an European-inspired setting with a reception area done in a combination of white marble, golden mosaic tiles, rose carpeting and plush leather. In the treatment areas, bowed walls of slatted walnut line the passageways, designed to be an abstract interpretation of waves. Inside the treatment rooms, walls are clad in a cafe au lait shade of leather, and floor-to-ceiling windows allow for natural light.

Other notable hotspots? At 157 feet long, the bar is sure to be a massive scene, and the swimming pool, on an open-air deck, has mosaic tile by Sicis and an underwater sound system.