InterContinental Phoenicia

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InterContinental Phoenicia

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InterContinental negotiated a deal to build the Phoenicia, and brought in leading American architect Eduard Durell Stone to complete the design with Joseph Salerno, an architect who had worked on InterContinental’s Curacao hotel in Brazil.

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InterContinental Phoenicia exhibit wall panel
Wall panel from the 2013 New York School of Interior Design exhibit "Designing the Luxury Hotel: Neal Prince and the Inter-Continental Brand."

Inter-Continental negotiated a deal to build the Phoenicia, and brought in leading American architect…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel swimming pool (close view)
While employed by the architectural firm William M. Ballard, Prince was sent to Beirut to work on the Phoenicia Inter-Continental Hotel's interiors and represent the hotel's renowned architects Edward Durell Stone and Joseph P. Salerno in matters of…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel private dining suite
Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel private dining suite.

Architecture by Edward Durell Stone and Joseph P. Salerno.

Interiors designed by Neal Prince.

Furniture designed by Mr. Prince and produced and supplied by Daou et Fils.

The Hotel…

Exterior view:  Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel (post card)
The Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel, completed in 1961, was the first Inter-Continental venture outside of Latin America. Its Mediterranean setting and the cosmopolitan nature of the city, inspired architects Edward Durell Stone and Joseph P.…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel La Panache cocktail lounge
Beirut was the first project where Prince applied his philosophy of design tied to location. Paisley fabrics, inspired by the arabesques of Islamic decorative arts and Arabic script, were used as wall coverings. In the case of the furnishings, Prince…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel coffee shop
For the hotel’s coffee shop, which featured a two-story wall of glass windows that opened onto the Mediterranean, he used sheer panels overlaid with gold paisley patterns that echoed the lacey grillwork of the building’s architecture. Like Islamic…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel swimming pool
When Prince thought the area devoted to the pool was too small for a luxury resort, he tackled the problem through design: he created undulating waves of blue, green, and white tile that flowed across the terrace into the swimming pool, that, when…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel in-room dining service
Projecting balconies featured delicate pattern work, a common decorative motif of Beirut.

Architecture by Edward Durell Stone and Joseph P. Salerno.

Interiors designed by Neal Prince.

Furniture designed by Mr. Prince and produced and…

 Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel bar, Sous le Mer
Sous le Mer, the hotel’s bar, was decorated in blue and turquoise square tiles and provided underwater glimpses of the hotel’s swimming pool (and diving patrons) through rectangular glass panels edged in brass frames.

Architecture by Edward Durell…

Exterior View:  Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel
Inter-Continental brought in leading American architect Edward Durell Stone to complete the design with Joseph Salerno, an architect who had worked on Inter-Continental’s Curacao hotel in Brazil.

Interiors and swimming pools designed by Neal…
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