The Hyatt Regency Don-Plaza Hotel is an integral part of the Hyatt Regency Rostov Don-Plaza mixed-use complex.
In 2011 Alexander Rakita and AR Architecture were appointed to take over a project that its design initially started back in 2005 and later stalled. AR-Architecture kick-started the design process back into life in mid-March 2012 and completed it in December 2012. Work on site resumed in January 2013 and completion is scheduled for spring 2016. In the course of the construction, AR Architecture remains involved on the client’s side supervising the contractor’s working design; we have also updated the detailed interior design for the retail part. The new project has matched the quality benchmark set by its predecessor, having claimed The 5* European Property Award 2014-2015. Alexander Rakita was involved with the project since the beginning designing its first version in 2005-2006 as a Project Leader and then Associate Director of Murray O’Laoire Architects, MOLA (Ireland). The first version of the project was designed in 2005-2006 by Murray O’Laoire Architects (Ireland). The Project Leader was Alexander Rakita – then Associate Director in MOLA, now the founder and owner of AR Architecture.
The complex was branded as the International Congress Centre and comprised a 23-storey congress hotel, boutique retail and A-class offices on a prime high street site between two parks in the historical centre of Rostov-on-Don. The project featured among other innovations a 3-storey indoor boulevard along the main façade, with mature trees in an open courtyard on the 6th floor. It was highly acclaimed in Rostov and received a Silver Diploma from the Union of Architects in Russia 2005. The first phase started in late 2007 and reached the 5th floor. When the economic downturn started in 2008 the investors considered turning the office part space into a 200 room Hyatt Regency hotel. With this new direction, branded serviced apartments were designed for the upper floors and later AR Architecture was called by the client to revitalise the project.