Tower of Eden: Singapore practice WOHA have cast the hotel as a living, vertical garden. Vegetation, replicating natural landscapes, fills the interstices, at different levels, between the PARKROYAL on Pickering’s towers; photos Patrick Bingham-Hall
With an increase in international travel predicted for 2013, on the heels of a rebound for hoteliers last year, the hotel industry is looking more than ever for ways to make the visitor experience a memorable and profitable one. Enter striking architecture and design. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)
Vander Urbani Resort in Ljubljana by Sadar+Vuga, Photo: David Lotrič
Hotel Vander is a new – and the first official ‘design hotel’ – located in the historic centre of Ljubljana. The hotel is constructed within the interior space of four historic adjacent buildings. The design of the building plan is spread vertically, with a ground floor space that serves as the main public part of the building and contains the reception, restaurant and bar/lounge areas. The next three levels are organised around a vertical atrium with stairs and contain 16 rooms. The top floor of the hotel includes a glasshouse with a large open terrace and pool.
Brasilia Palace Hotel, detail of wall painting by Athos Bulcao, architect: Oscar-Niemeyer, 1958; Photo: Edgard Cesar
The Brasilia Palace Hotel was officially opened in June 1958. With 13.000 square metres and a capacity of 350 guests, it was the first big hotel in town. The purpose of the hotel was initially to host the delegations, who visited the revolutionary new city that was newly built from scratch in the middle of the rainforest.
Design Hotels are booming. They promise a certain modern aestehtic and level of luxury to design-savvy travellers.
Long before the brand of the “Design Hotel” existed, Gio Ponti designed and furnished the Parco dei Principi Hotel in Sorrento in 1962.
Situated on a dramatic cliff, the hotel still preserves the designer’s original work intact. The property is amidst majestic gardens, with evocative scenes of classical architecture within the rare specimens of beautiful trees. The guestrooms still preserve their original Gio Ponti design and layout.
On 23th September the Inside Design Hotel Amsterdam, the Lloyd Hotel, opened with a fulminant 3D projection technology realised by the paint specialist Histor. The colorful spectacle with animations and music made the hotel façade appear to be soaked in paint – I love it.
The luxury hotel “Grotte della Civita“ is located close to one of the oldest settlements of mankind: Sassi di Matera are cave dwellings hewn into the rocks of the Gravina River Valley, close to Bari, Italy. The village next to the UNESCO world heritage site of the ancient caves has been deserted for some time, and the hotel project has been realised right at its centre.
The deserted village close to "Sassi di Matera"
The conversion of its church into a luxury hotel has been designed by is part of a scheme that aims to revitalise mountain villages in the Southern Apennines. “Grotte della Civita“ offers all the amenities of a hotel of its class, yet at the same time guests inhabit an archaic, almost monastery-like space. Stunning perspectives, the original hand-hewn church building blocks, and some dramatic illumination make for magical moments at this extraordinary hotel.
Magical illumination of the former church's dramatic spaces
One of the rooms, an apalling mix of ascetic and royal styles
Light and shadow create dramatic contrasts
Modern design is not far away from the minimal style of monasteries
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