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Luxury Mountain Lifestyle Resort

Our site, located on top of the Bavi Mountain and National Park looking over the might of the Red River, is spectacular yet peaceful in its setting. Memorable sunsets and spectacular mornings in the mist of the archeological area of the French colonial era will welcome the guests.
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Sofitel Hung Yen

Inspired by the Hanoi Opera House, the French architecture acts as an elegant backdrop for the Vietnamese art and life to shine. Clean lines and strong connection with the natural surroundings, east and west, light and dark materials the design is a continues game of contrast that will follow the guest from, the arrival to the whole journey across the resort.
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Dusit D2 Hotel

“How would Royal Pricess Tu Hoa receive and host her guests in the 21st century Vietnam?” With that challenging and dreaming brief from the client started our beautiful journey designing the city oasis. From a superb site overlooking the West Lake, we take an inspiring trip back in time learning about the royal times in past Vietnam to put ourselves into the eyes of Pricess Tu Hoa.

Who are we?

DesignLab is a hospitality design firm, Asian-born with an international outlook. We offer master planning, architecture and interior design services. Our leadership all have a strong design background and a wide range of experience working on hotel and resort projects throughout the world in Europe, Middle East, Central America, China, India, Asia and the Pacific.


Our projects

We do not follow a predetermined design style, rather we approach each project as unique.

Research and understanding a client’s vision are a foundation as important as any other part of the design.

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Founder/partner of DesignLab Alvaro Paredes is involved in the conceptual design stage of each project in the office. Alvaro began his career in his native Spain and London before moving to Asia to work with renowned hospitality architects Denniston International. Alvaro worked on a wide range of projects in Europe, Asia and South America for a range of operators such as Aman Resorts, Hyatt and Mandarin Oriental.

Alvaro Paredes Palacios

Leading DesignLab’s Interior Design team, Virginie has 17 years of experience working in diverse locations through Europe and Asia for studios including Kengo Kuma and Denniston International. She was the project lead for a Cheval Blanc property in Central America and also the Aman Resort Amanoi in Vietnam where she took the project from documentation to supervising construction on site.

Virginie de Paeuw

As the leader of DesignLab’s architecture team, Paul brings 20 years experience working for firms specialized in hospitality including Denniston International and Wynn Resorts. Over the years he has worked on all stages of design from concept through to construction in various locations for operators including Wynn Resorts, Hyatt, Hilton, Fairmont and GHM.

Paul Francey


We are always keen to meet people who think they might like to join our multi-national team. We have a friendly but hard-working work environment and are passionate about our projects.

We are happy to hear from talented graduates starting out in their careers, as well as accomplished professionals. Experience in hospitality is a plus, as is exposure to an international design environment. Most importantly though, we are looking for
team players.