From Hong Kong to New York, these visionary architects on the 2021 Asia’s Most Influential list are bringing life to the city. Considering the environment and community, history and even emotion, they have created award-winning properties that not only provide shelter but also make people feel good.
Jean-Michel Gathy, Malaysia
Malaysian-based Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy has been creating the most exclusive spaces for high-end hotel and resort brands, including Aman, St. Regis, Four Seasons, and even the residential superyacht M/Y Nord. With his consulting firm, Denniston, the esteemed architect and designer has for decades been pushing the boundaries of luxurious experiences, establishing the use of features such as private plunge pools, spa-like bathrooms and luxury tent accommodations.
His most anticipated project, Aman New York, is set to open in August 2022 at the 100-year-old Crown Building in Manhattan. For the urban property, Gathy has combined east and west, Aman’s DNA and New York’s energy. The result? A five-storey penthouse, the three-storey Aman Spa, the Jazz Club, among others. Gathy has more in store for 2022, including Cheval Blanc in Seychelles and Jumeirah Bali in Indonesia.