Posts tagged as 'luxury hotel'

Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland: extension completed 2008 by Foster + Partners; photos Foster + Partners

Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland: extension completed 2008 by Foster + Partners, photo: Foster + Partners

Journalist Klaus Leuschel provides a crash course in, and a guided tour of, grand hotels, and how even design excellence in the five-star tradition is of no avail when the quality of hospitality does not match it.

 

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Endémico Resguardo Silvestre by Gracia Studio; photo by Luis Gracia

To prevent the development from disturbing its spectacular setting and to ‘respect nature in every possible way’, architect Jorge Enrique Gracia García along with his San Diego-based practice Gracia Studio has realised this group of 20 free-standing hotel rooms located in Baja California’s Valle de Guadalupe. At 20-square-meters each, the corten steel-clad, elegantly furnished rooms follow a concept of ’a “deluxe” camping houses, covering the guest’s basic needs, being in contact with nature and the environment.’ (more…)

EME Fusion Hotel by Sandra Tarruella Interioristas; photo by Fernando Alda

Two of Barcelona’s award-winning practices: Sandra Tarruella Interioristas and Isabel López Asociados have collaborated on the design of this five-star EME Fusion Hotel located in the historical Santa Cruz neighbourhood of Seville. Completed in 2008, the boutique hotel comprises 60 rooms, spa and outdoor swimming pool as well as a number of restaurants and cocktail bars.

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The UNESCO World Heritage site "Sassi di Matera"

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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