Since it opened in 1983, the Sandton Sun hotel has capitalised on its location in Johannesburg’s Sandton quarter, informally known as Africa’s richest square mile, by luring power suits, celebrities and top brass politicians alike. The arrival of Alice & Fifth in the hotel’s basement will only raise the stakes for competitors.
Local designer Tristan Plessis Studio has unraveled the subterranean labyrinth of varying volumes to create a series of dramatic room-sets, including three bars and dining rooms. The entrance sets the tone with a bijou corridor topped by a ceiling carved from a solid piece of hand-moulded polished stainless steel to look like liquid mercury; whilst creamy wall panels curve, Inception-like, up and over plush, crescent shaped banquettes.
According to the studio’s website, the brief was to create a sumptuous and decadent space juxtaposed with a raw unrefined underground edge. Appealing to a broad local and international audience of business leaders, politicians and those seeking an adventurous night out in Johannesburg. I drew inspiration from the opulent cabaret clubs of years gone by in cities like Paris and New York, and brought that into the contemporary world of African luxury, features like the wall paneling curving up into the ceiling is an example of these (literal) twists on the traditional aesthetic. We used lush velvets, handpicked rare marbles across various colour spectrums to infuse the space with colour and created a dramatic backdrop for this using handcrafted walnut wall panelling as well as curved French paneling and exposed raw concrete columns that lend support to the Sandton Sun hotel.
In the kitchen, executive chefs Justin Josephs and Jacques Cronje have conceived a contemporary African menu that is defiantly protein-based.
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