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.
Meaning “beautiful door” in Italian, Portabello opens new doors of never-before-seen luxury and unheard-of amenities to create a grand-scale living and gala entertaining environment that is beyond that of a 5-star beach front resort.
Gracing 3 oceanfront lots in Cameo Shores, this soft contemporary masterwork is both defined by its stunning seaside site – and redefines the luxury lifestyle ideal. Most every room provides a breathtaking panorama of the majestic Pacific Ocean, serene beach coves and the spectacular coastline from Dana Point to Palos Verdes.
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.
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.
The Duomo Hotel is a Ron Arad-designed conceptual hotel located in the historic center of Rimini. Arad Associates have integrated the original facade into the interior by wrapping it all in new “skin” which meanders its way into the building and forms the back wall of the bar.
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.
The trend for themed hotel rooms has been limited to boutique and art hotels that are strictly for grown-ups. The recently opened Ramada Resort Karon Beach in Phuket is one of the few that are taking the trend and making it family friendly simply by creating fun and magical themed rooms just for kids.
Created by the Swiss artists Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the hotel Everland has just one room on the roof of the gallery for contemporary art in Leipzig, a luxurious bathroom, a king-size bed and a lounge. The bounteous dimensioned room represents the subjective dream of a hotel: the architecture, the playful details, as well as the request to steal the golden embroidered bath towels. From June 2006 until August 5, 2007 you can take a peek at Hotel Everland during the opening times.