WATG wins two high-profile contracts

US design firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo hit the headlines twice last month with the announcements of two impending projects: the Trump International Golf resort in Scotland, UK, and the highly ambitious fleet of airborne cruise ships, the brainchild of Worldwide Aeros Corp.

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By  Charlotte Butterfield Published  June 1, 2006

US design firm Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo hit the headlines twice last month with the announcements of two impending projects: the Trump International Golf resort in Scotland, UK, and the highly ambitious fleet of airborne cruise ships, the brainchild of Worldwide Aeros Corp. WATG’s Orlando office is undertaking the new Trump Organization recreation initiative on the 800-acre site at Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire. The resort, called Trump International Golf Links will include two championship golf courses, which will be Donald Trump signature designs in association with Tom Fazio II Golf Design. A 450-room five star hotel, 10,000 square-foot conference centre, 650 holiday homes, 20,000 square-foot golf clubhouse and a spa will complete the $548 million USD resort. Mark Yoshizaki, senior project designer, WATG says: “With the rich history of golf in Scotland, the vision is to create a wonderful destination through Victorian architecture and rich materials inside and out. For the interiors, heavy wood panelling, deep arched entryways and regal sitting areas are characteristics of the public spaces to encourage gathering in a setting that is distinctively Scotland.” At the other end of the spectrum, WATG has been chosen to design the interiors of an extraordinary new generation of airborne cruise ships. Worldwide Aeros is developing a new type of air vehicle, which achieves its lift through a combination of helium and the traditional dynamic lift created by the shape of the body and engine power. “With the Aeroscraft, people can now begin to consider leisure travel in luxurious quarters above the ocean’s surface,” says Edward Pevzner of Aeros. WATG designer, Brian Husting, explains: “Our space plans include not only accommodation but also opportunities for passengers to enjoy fine dining, gaming, dancing, and other ethereal forms of entertainment — including, of course, savouring outstanding and amazing views.” WATG has specialised in hospitality, leisure and entertainment design since 1945, and its previous high-profile projects include The Venetian in Las Vegas; The Ritz-Carlton, Bali and Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, Florida. But last month’s proclamations of these two key future projects are sure to keep WATG very much a main topic on the design grapevine and help it maintain its position as an international industry leader.

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