27 June 2019

I blinked and half the years was gone!

So I thought it was time for a quick update on what the team has been up to. The year has started with a bang; It’s been a whirlwind of wonderful new clients, inspirational new projects, exciting new collaborations and a growing team, so here’s a quick update on some of the specifics…

2019 has sparked some exciting relationships for DBQ here in Australia and New Zealand, bringing us together with new developers, operators and collaborators.  We have commenced work on several new projects including a 288 Key Hotel within Sydney Olympic Park in collaboration with Fitzpatrick & Partners, Sydney, and are also looking at multiple regional projects here in Victoria. I continue to attend events in and around the Australasian hotel space, chatting with first time developers to see how we can transcend design expectations for the hundreds of thousands of visitors flocking to our beautiful shores from South East Asia and Europe. In a recent panel discussion with Radisson Hotel Group and Cre8tive Property just prior to AHICE, I discussed how the versatility of mixed use developments can help to diversify an investment and how we, as designers, can inject a mix of complimentary moments across varying usages, equating to an engaging and diverse development which people can’t help but rave about. I look forward to touching on this more next month with an article focusing on the concept of deconstructing F&B and Wellness from the traditional hotel model, and how luxury hotel developers are moving into the residential market despite the more common story we hear, being about Residential developers moving towards hotels!

China’s hotel and construction pipeline is at an all-time high, and visitors to Australia and New Zealand from China are still one of our largest markets. We understand the importance of global relationships at DBQ and our designs catering to a multitude of markets, globally, giving people something fresh to experience when they travel whilst also offering a taste of their home. I’ve spoken before about how we can utilise these relationships to transcend design expectations for global travellers; check it out if you have some time.

This year we started our first projects in China with a great developer based in Nanjing, and I was honoured when they invited me to their home town in April and showed me around Nanjing and Yangzhou where once again, I fell in love with everything cultural, architectural and historical China has to offer. We can’t wait to bring some uniquely curated hospitality experiences to life over there.

This month we have started working with leading Indian boutique developer, Kalpataru, on two multi residential developments in Mumbai, and our Indian Debut, Six Senses Fort Barwara, is well underway where the progress has kicked up a notch. Lodha Maison, in Mumbai, launched last month and an article about the project will soon be released in the Developers ‘Better Life’ Magazine which I will be sure to share. I am finding myself on site in India every couple of months now, and I’m always keen to catch up and explore new areas and projects.

From July 1st I will be kicking off the second half of the year with a whizz around South East Asia visiting old and new clients in Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok, as well as heading to India once again for site prototyping, and detouring back to London to enjoy the rare British summertime. I look forward to what the rest of 2019 has in store for us at DBQ!

Hayley – Principal Director, Design BY QU

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