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Vivanta by Taj by WOW Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 Jun 2014 9:27 am | Hotels & Spas

Vivanta by Taj is a hotel in Gurgaon, India which was designed by the practice of WOW Architects for the Taj Group, combining the latest techniques with a classical Indian experience. The building is in an area that is rapidly changing and the hotel had to ensure the comfort and relaxation of its guests, so several interconnected courtyards and public spaces ensure the noise reduction. There are a lot of landscaped courtyards surrounded by the main public interior spaces and…

Linx Hotel International Airport Galeão by OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo

By : Dennis Franklin | 25 Jun 2014 5:16 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Linx Hotel International Airport Galeao in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was designed by the practice of OSPA Arquitetura e Urbanismo in 2013 near the Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport to attract tourists, business people and persons in transit. The hotel has two separate buildings to host the social areas and services in a separate volume from the apartments and they are connected through a walkway on the first two floors. The proximity to the airport imposed some height limitations…

Yunnan Hotel Complex by Kengo Kuma

By : Dennis Franklin | 5 Jun 2014 1:27 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Yunnan Hotel Complex provides luxurious accommodation opportunities in the area of Yunnan, China with swimming pools, spa facilities as well as several private villas nestled in the hills overlooking the valley below and set in a splendid natural environment. The project was designed by the Kengo Kuma architectural practice with semi-opaque cladding and timber on the façade to integrate well with the adjacent Yunnan Sales Center that was also designed by the same firm. The large surface of the…

W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island by Patricia Urquiola

By : Dennis Franklin | 3 Jun 2014 11:33 am | Hotels & Spas

The W Retreat & Spa-Vieques Island in Puerto Rico was designed by the architect Patricia Urquiola from the Studio Urquiola in Milan and it combines rustic elegance with vibrant furniture, wall treatments and a large array of eclectic elements. The pictures are actually 3D visualizations done by the designer Diego Querol and they present a selection of small tables which enrich the interior through their kaleidoscope of colors, combining industrial elements such as the concrete wall, with rustic ones like…

Art’otel by ADP Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 30 May 2014 6:19 pm | Hotels & Spas

Art’otel is a project designed in ADP Architects in 2013 and it is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with an aesthetic that combines art and hospitality in an original way. The hotel is opposite the Amsterdam Central Station and it also contains an office area which combines a unique architectural style with an artistic modern interior. The designers collaborated with Digital Space to offer a new cultural hotspot in the city center, bringing the monumental building from the early twentieth…

Taboo Spa by Cecconi Simone Inc.

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 May 2014 7:51 pm | Hotels & Spas

Taboo Spa is a project designed by the Cecconi Simone Inc. studio with volumes, sightlines and light which work together to offer an immersive wellness experience with East Asian influences although it is located in the region of the Muskoka Lakes in Ontario, Canada. The interior is open, there aren’t any partitions and privacy is ensured through retractable curtains complimented with millwork elements and a complex illumination system coming from the ceiling and floor which adds extra depth to the…

Hotel Kapok by Goettsch Partners

By : Dennis Franklin | 27 May 2014 7:19 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Goettsch Partners architectural practice designed the Hotel Kapok which is adjacent to the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center athletic complex and it offers 242 rooms spread over 19 floors with a design that tries to provide the guests with a unique spatial quality through the elimination of the typical hotel corridors. Instead of corridors, the designers created a pinwheel plan which permits a glass encasing around the core of the hotel so that the light passed deeper into the floor…

La Perla Villas by Dimitris Economou

By : Dennis Franklin | 25 May 2014 9:59 am | Hotels & Spas

The interior designer Dimitris Economou created the suites of the La Perla Villas Hotel in Oia on the Santorini Island of Greece and their aesthetic follows the characteristic of the typical Santorini architecture with the “hyposkafa”, or dug-in buildings which are placed into the earth to reduce the heat indoors. The additions have vaulted roofs and are usually very narrow in front with a deep length. The “sala”, or living room, is in the front, while the bedroom sits at…

Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah by HBA

By : Dennis Franklin | 22 May 2014 5:43 am | Hotels & Spas

The Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah project is a luxury interior design concept created by the HBA architectural practice as an escape from the sand dunes into the waters of the Arabian Sea, evoking a calm and exotic ambiance. The lobby inside takes its inspiration from the pearl diving tradition in the islands and the reception desk has framed wall panels behind them to remind the visitors of the turquoise colors of the sea, which were hand-stitched with gold sequins…

Alila Jabal Akhdar

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 May 2014 6:22 am | Hotels & Spas

The Alila Jabal Akhdar is a mountain resort in the central section of the Al Hajar Mountains of Oman and it sits at a height of 2000 meters above sea level from where it offers an overview of a large gorge. The resort has 78 suites and their sizes vary from 52 to 361 square meters with locations either in the main hotel building or arranged as individual clusters. There are also several villas around the cliff-top to ensure the…

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