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Holiday Inn Lusaka 

Studio Moren's design for the 162 room Holiday Inn in the Zambain capital of Lusaka successfully incorporates the brand’s next generation design principles; open-lobby, local food & beverage offerings and fully connected work-station area, all within the world-famous Holiday Inn family fun environment.

A complete architectural and interior design solution was provided for all three phases of the refurbishment of the landmark InterContinental Lusaka which resulted in the creation of a dual brand Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotel on this landmark site in Lusaka’s Government District.

“Part of a wave of new, mid-range international brand hotels across the Continent, this Holiday Inn, reflects the confident face of modern Africa. We looked to be the place to stay for young Africans, staying for business and pleasure, and translated that into a design that reflects the vibrant local culture whilst avoiding any of the usual stereotypes. In doing so, our design respects the history of this much-loved local landmark whilst delivering the strong, forward-looking character expected by local and international travellers.”

Joel Iseli Associate Studio Moren

Studio Moren’s interior design for the Holiday Inn took the idea of modern, urban Africa and developed room styles that used a natural palette, inspired by minerals such as copper, Zambia’s largest export. Working against a background of soft neutrals, the design applies accents of strong colours in the joinery detail, accessories and wall art. Patterns are used sparingly, in feature walls and bold, geometrically patterned rugs.

Bathrooms follow the same theme, with sleek materials and the clean contemporary finish expected by Holiday Inn guests, emboldened by vibrantly coloured tiled feature walls. In the communal areas, such as the welcoming open lobby and food and beverage areas, Studio Moren’s design mixes strong, simple forms with flashes of colour and pattern in unexpected places, such as wall slats and table tops.

Westmont Hospitality Group
Lusaka, Zambia
Completed 2020
162 keys