Abu Dhabi has many island developments in the works. But few will be as sparsely populated, or as pricey, as Nurai Island, the name developers have given to one of the area’s most private and upmarket communities.
The 130,000-square-meter island is about to be transformed into an achingly glamorous and luxurious resort and exclusive private residential estate, comprised of one boutique luxury hotel resort with 60 suites, 31 beachfront estates and 36 water villas. The project is a collaboration between New York based Studio Dror, led by Dor Benshetrit.
Ice hotels have recently gained popularity, scattered across the wintry north and boasting everything from a bar to beds made out of ice. For those travelers who want just a little more warmth, but don’t want to skimp on the Lapland ambiance, there are glass igloos.
The hotel reuses the warehouse and combines sustainable features with modern design. Along with the 57 rooms boutique style hotel, the design will include a spa, gym, museum, bookstore, lounge, restaurant, conference room and surf shop.
Foster + Partners have released designs for the biggest building ever built: Crystal Island in Moscow will be 450m high, cover an area of almost half a million square meters and contain a total floor area of 2.5 million square meters.The Crystal Island has already earned the reputation of the most ambitious building project in the world. The construction is evaluated at four billion dollars.
Giorgio Armani S.p.A. and EMAAR Hotels & Resorts LLC are pleased to announce that their respective Chairmen, Mr. They have today executed the formal contractual agreement between the two companies for the development of a unique international collection of ‘Armani Hotels and Resorts‘.
Giorgio Armani has been one of the world’s most influential designers who is now set to extend his design sensibilities into the arena of hospitality. Armani Hotels & Resorts will be places that offer the same kind of welcome to guests as the designer would privately extend to his friends and family. The website will continuously update the new Armani Hotel & Resort developments which now includes the Armani Hotel Milano and the Armani Hotel Dubai.
A new 75-story tower designed by the architect Jean Nouvel for a site next to the Museum of Modern Art in Midtownbetween 53rd and 54th streets just west of MoMA promises to be the most exhilarating addition to the skyline in a generation.
Edinburgh’s hippest boutique hotel, Tigerlily opened in June 2006. It is the meeting place for the Edinburgh jet set, food lovers and hedonist.
This authentic classified building with perfect neo-classical symmetry is on the illustrious George Street. And even if this new establishment could be called postmodern for its anachronistic daring and extravagant polychromatic fabrics from the Designers Guild, it still maintains its Georgian underpinnings with its high ceilings, sculpted cornices, and oak woodwork.
Formerly an old 1920s townhouse, the Be Manos is the first boutique hotel in the European capital. It is a “Family Owned Hotel” that has been refurbished in collaboration with a group of European designers ; Michael Bihain, Le Labo Design, Muurbloem, Reul Freres, Pedrali…
Elenberg Fraser Projects was to design a concept for Grand Central which integrate soho apartments into a wellness centery, combining the facilities of a private business club, day spa & health retreat and producing a hotel style apartment building fused with a traditional chambers style office club.
Technogym designed by Antonio Citterio for Kinesis has a really compact size that allows it to integrate perfectly into the home, office, hotel room or spa and it provides the means for diverse, coordinated resistance training.
This project of waterfall won the international contest organized by Arquitectum.
Set between the desert and the sea, this 16 meters high panoramic deck merges in a beautiful landscape as the waterfall adds a shelter of freshness to the lodge. The deck offers a view to the ocean, the desert and the sky at the same time. It would be like a sanctuary to anybody wandering in the middle of the desert.
The Chan Chan Citadel is a new style of accommodations which — differing of the classic folkloric resort or theme hotel — would “celebrate” the natural scenario more than “distract” with its own facilities.
Marcel Wanders, a world-famous design star and an original member of the influential Droog collective in the Netherlands, has conceived of the hotel as Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Morgans Hotel Group has made a pioneering move away from the bustle of Miami Beach’s oceanfront tourist center to the fashionable, growing neighborhood of Biscayne Bay. With a planned opening in early 2008, Mondrian South Beach will combine the most exhilarating design elements of a fantasy modern get-away with all the comforts and conveniences of home.
Semiramis, Karim Rashid’s first hotel project, is a fusion of Rashid’s influence and owner Dakis Joannou’s vision and own dedication to the modern art world. The 52-room hotel is an Athens’ design-inspired hotel, offering a new intimate alternative to modern travellers which focuses on positive energy, heightened experiences, culture, art, and design. Set 340 meters above sea level, the hotel offers an oasis from the humidity of central Athens.
In its determination to create a different world, the Five Hotel has used one of the most noble of Asian arts: lacquer.
You will recognize the art of Isabel Emmerique in all the rooms of the Five Hotel. Isabel has been working with Chinese lacquer for 30 years; she is very well known abroad and is the only non-Asian artist to have won the Kanasawa Triennale prize in Japan. Thanks to her ultramodern works you can rediscover the Chinese lacquer approach… elsewhere and differently.
The Dasparkhotel brings a whole new meaning to budget accommodations. Visitors to Linz, Austria can reserve one of these concrete and wooden cylinders in the middle of a city park for a night’s rest. The round pods are just what they look like: frighteningly tiny enclosures without running water, lights or bathrooms.“The external simplicity surrounds an unexpectedly comfortable interior” as each pipe is outfitted with a bed, lighting, and other furniture, with bathroom and restaurant facilities shared in a public space.
NHow Hotel Milan by Matteo Thun is a new concept in hotel design combining comfort, design, elegance and technology to provide the perfect accommodation. The style is a mixture of pure Italian glamour and incredible design & elegance. Nhow hotel goes beyond the realms of imagination, combining comfort with minimalism, technology and the latest innovations in architecture, a blend of highly technological style with the most sophisticated comfort.
This winter-weather structure that inflates in two minutes and accommodates four children, instantly provides shelter for snowball-fights, “capture the flag,” and other winter activities. The substantial fort measures 7′ x 6′, and is crafted from durable, crack-resistant PVC vinyl for years of rigorous use. It includes two clear surveillance windows, two inflatable snow shields, and two detachable flags, as well as a hidden emergency escape hatch for stealthy exits. This is the perfect device for sophisticated Winter games.
The US Government is currently working on a hyperspace engine that could allow interstellar space travel through other dimensions.
The hypothetical engine is based on a controversial theory about the structure of universe which could allow a spaceship to go from the Earth to Mars in three hours and journey to a star 11 light years away in just 80 days.