casino polana

about the project

One of Africa’s grandest hotels


Face-lift for an iconic Mozambique landmark

Mozambique’s most iconic landmark, belonging to an elite class of world famous luxury hotels such as Raffles Hotel in Singapore, The Dorchester in London and The Ritz in Paris. The owners felt the hotel needed a face lift, and we were called on to handle the interior design and architecture of the Polana Hotel’s new casino addition.

what we did

Accentuating the grandeur while seamlessly modernizing the hotel

Sensitive to the architecture of the hotel built in 1922, we accentuated and retained the sweeping grandeur of the original hotel while seamlessly updating and modernizing its facilities in a glamorous yet infinitely more user friendly style.

Carpets were custom designed and made, all joinery was purpose designed and made and there was extensive use of molded plastered ceilings, harking back to the hotel’s heyday. Lighting was key, and the chandeliers which we introduced have become a point of pride for the 142 room hotel and its staff.


Maputo, Mozambique


17 months


October 2012