Fairmont Pacific Rim
The custom made Fazioli piano is the centrepiece of the Fairmont Pacific Rim. It features a unique three-dimensional design under the lid. Vancouver-based MGB Architects + Designers created the case for the white piano and the intricate walnut inlay under the lid that echoes a 180 feet-long origami sculpture by Joseph Wu that juts out from Oru Restaurant into the hotel lobby. Among the hotel’s signature suites is one dedicated to piano maker Paolo Fazioli, and has piano parts on display as well as photos of the construction of the Fairmont Pacific Rim’s piano.
TELUS Garden office, part of the million square foot, mixed-use TELUS Garden development is not your run of the mill office tower. In every way it has been designed to inspire the workforce that will ultimately inhabit its walls, from advanced environmental sustainability features (it will be Vancouver’s first LEED Platinum office tower), to leading communications technology befitting a building that bears the TELUS name. The office tower features a custom grand piano intended for music events and performances in the lobby and plaza.
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Ian Gillespie, the visionary leader behind Westbank – the city’s preeminent development company – commissioned Gregory Henriquez to design the TELUS Garden building and a one of a kind Fazioli piano to be a centre piece for their lobby. An unusual feature for an office building, the piano enlivens the public realm inside and out and adds to the urban theatre in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Probably now one of the city’s most visible pianos, it can be clearly seen by the 80,000 daily passersby on West Georgia – between Seymour and Richards.
Gregory drew inspiration for the design from the design of the office building. Rather than opting for traditional black, Gregory chose a natural wood finish, echoing the dramatic, sculptural glulam beams of the expansive plaza canopy. The legs supporting the piano mimic the distinctive V-shaped concrete structural supports that are an integral part of the tower’s design. And in a nod to the high-tech features of TELUS Garden office, the inside panel of the lid will be mirrored, providing viewers with a clear view of Fazioli’s expert craftsmanship.
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In the case of Shangri-la Toronto, we wanted to highlight the culture of great Canadian artists and no one represents that more purely than Joni Mitchell. Her album Blue released in 1971 is regarded as one of the most iconic albums of that era and the song “My Old Man” in particular, showcases her compositional talents on the piano. Joni Mitchell was gracious enough to allow us to engrave the opening stanze of “My Old Man” on the piano lid, with the sheet music embroidered on the piano cover.
Architect designs case for world’s largest piano: FAZIOLI F308
Renowned Vancouver architect Ernest Collins & wife Grace had the rare opportunity to design the case of the 10′ 3″ long Fazioli model F308 – the world’s largest piano. Faziolo pianos are arguably the finest pieces available which are hand made in Italy. Collins not only designed the case for this fine instrument but also a matching cabinet & picture frame, as well as the grand home which this piano resides.
Fazioli pianos have become rightly renowned for the calibre of their sound, their workmanship and their technology. They are rare indeed but Nur Lounge at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers features one of their special models – the M Liminal, designed by NYT Line and Philippe Gendre.
Inspired by the sea, (very appropriate given Baku is located on the world’s largest inland sea – the Caspian Sea), the shape of the side evokes a wave whilst the black/silver colour, gives an impression of a dolphin. The red of the soundboard and black of the cast iron frame filters through the transparency of the plexiglass music stand.
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Often played by the very best classical pianists and contemporary artists, guests at Fairmont Baku, Flame Towers may enjoy the custom sound as they visit Nur Lounge for afternoon tea or a cocktail or two in the evening.
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