For its Generator Venice, Toronto’s DesignAgency wins a 2014 European Hotel Design Award

Toronto-based DesignAgency has won a 2014 European Hotel Design Award for Best Interior Design in the Lobby, Lounge and Public Areas category for Generator Venice. Generator Barcelona was also nominated for Best Lobby, Lounge and Public Space.

The European Hotel Design Awards recognize the most innovative hospitality properties constructed or renovated within the past 18 months, and is juried by industry leaders. The award was presented at Sleep: the Hotel Design Event, and organized by U.K.-based Sleeper Magazine. The awards ceremony was held on Nov. 25 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London, England.

Restoring a 200-year-old Venetian palazzo located on the waterfront of the Island of Giudecca, Generator Venice was designed to complement the mystery and splendor of Venice, mixing historic features with contemporary furnishings, custom-made elements by local artisans and antiques from Italian markets.

According to Generator creative director and DesignAgency principal Anwar Mekhayech, “We are excited to receive this recognition for Generator’s design and its innovative spirit. This award demonstrates how Generator’s concept of cool, comfortable and stylish accommodations in great locations is broadening perspectives about affordable hospitality.”


DesignAgency is an award-winning Toronto based design consultancy. Established in 1998 by partners and longtime friends Allen Chan, Matt Davis and Anwar Mekhayech, the studio unites architectural, interior design, industrial design, branding and digital design expertise. With a local and international portfolio of projects working for leading companies, developers, restaurateurs, retailers and hoteliers, each client works directly with one or more of the company’s partners, reflecting DesignAgency’s belief that great design requires leadership, focus and commitment.

The firm’s success is rooted in its collaborative and consultative approach by which a multidisciplinary team of talented design professionals engage with clients to craft innovative, custom designed spaces that help elevate the consumer experience.

DesignAgency embraces the full spectrum of design typologies and embraces innovative ideas, technologies, and new creative design approaches that will enable it to bring the best solutions forward to its clients.

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Generator offers travellers stylish, design-led, safe, central and affordable accommodation. As Europe’s fastest-growing hostel brand, Generator currently has nearly 5,200 beds located across six countries. The portfolio expanded to eight in summer 2013 with the addition of its first venture in Spain (Barcelona) and its second in Berlin. These join Generator Berlin Prenzlauer Berg, Copenhagen, Dublin, Hamburg, London and Venice.

Characterized by their cutting-edge design, central locations, creative events, locally inspired menus and wide range of room options – from private ensuite twins to female-only dorm –  each Generator hostel offers free Wi-Fi, stylish bar and chill-out areas, 24-hour security, plus a free walking tour of the city. Welcoming, knowledgeable staff are on hand around the clock to provide advice on exploring the local area and other tips for a memorable city stay.

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