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Serras Hotel by Eva Martinez

By : Dennis Franklin | 19 Jan 2015 3:20 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Serras is the first five star hotel on the waterfront located in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona, Spain and it used to host the first studio of Pablo Picasso. The 19th century building was restored by the architect Eva Martinez to combine the contemporary New York style with the Catalan aesthetic. The space where Picasso painted the Ciencia y Caridad in 1897 is now a 30-room hotel and it offers a great overview of the Port Vell Marina as…

RedDot Hotel by Steven Wu + Wang Pe-Jen

By : Dennis Franklin | 17 Jan 2015 5:42 pm | Hotels & Spas

The architectural practice of Steven Wu + Wang Pe-Jen transformed this hotel in Taichung City, Taiwan into a contemporary looking Reddot Hotel that evokes some elements of the region’s past with a careful choice of materials and decorative pieces. The red brick and pebble surface were chosen as the only cladding materials that would ensure a consistent dialogue with the context and bring back memories of the past. The original layout was abandoned for a more efficient and open one…

The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas by Rockwell Group

By : Dennis Franklin | 14 Jan 2015 11:46 pm | Hotels & Spas

The new Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas, Nevada was designed in 2010 by the Rockwell Group as an attempt of completely redefining the experience of Sin City and all it has to offer, from eating to having a good time and even the way you sleep. The resort contains two lobbies, the Marquee nightclub, the Jaleo restaurant, the Chandelier bar and 3000 guest rooms designed as luxurious urban residences filled with custom furniture pieces and finishes for a unique experience.…

Immigrant Dormitory Renovation by O-office

By : Dennis Franklin | 13 Jan 2015 11:45 pm | Hotels & Spas

This youth hotel is a part of the iD Town art district project in Dapeng, Shenzhen, China and it was designed by the O-office architectural practice to bring the dilapidated structures back to life. The abandoned buildings were used as a dormitory building for the Honghua Dying Factory and it offered housing to the first immigrant settler group that came after the open-reform policy in the region. The designers converted the ground floor into a lobby area while the hotel…

Ovolo Southside Hotel by KplusK Associates

By : Dennis Franklin | 9 Jan 2015 1:30 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Ovolo Southside Hotel located in the Wong Chuk Hang district of Hong Kong was designed by the architect Paul Kember from the KplusK Associates practice in a former warehouse that was important for the past of the area. The hotel is filled with art installations and graffiti to remind the visitors of the former history of the region through the public spaces and the fourth floor is occupied by the CIRQLE restaurant with a blended cuisine and an industrial…

Ozadi Hotel by Pedro Campos Costa

By : Dennis Franklin | 7 Jan 2015 5:30 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Ozadi Hotel designed by the architect Pedro Campos Costa is located in Tavira, Portugal and it tries to reengage the visitors with the past while still taking on the comforts of contemporary design in a building that was first created in the 1970s. The designers sought comfort through a terrace and lounge space that would interact more with the surroundings and thus wood was the material of choice. The roof has a hyperboloid shape and is made of wood…

The 10 Most Beautiful Hotels and Spas of 2014

By : Dennis Franklin | 24 Dec 2014 11:14 am | Hotels & Spas

It is difficult to evaluate a hotel since it brings together so many features, from location to the design, comfort and level of luxury, but there are some which appeal to us more than the rest due to a certain charm or originality so let us take a look at the ones that impressed us this year. 10. The Honeycomb by Bjarke Ingels Group Located in the Bahamas, this structure stands out as the landmark of the region with its…

Beresheet Hotel

By : Dennis Franklin | 20 Dec 2014 7:33 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Beresheet Hotel is a luxury resort of the Isrotel group and it stands near the ancient spice route with a view of the Makhtesh Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert of Israel to provide a great vantage point for the guests who can see a unique natural phenomenon. The hotel is at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level in a region where the climate is constantly comfortable throughout the year. The hotel complex spreads over a surface…

Paasitorni Hotel by K25 Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 17 Dec 2014 11:15 pm | Hotels & Spas

The Paasitorini was a fortress that was originally built for the Helsinki labor movement and in 2012 it was transformed into a hotel by the practice of K25 Architects adding a new wing to the early 20th century and 1950s facades. The project is made of granite and the new wing curves to act as a transitory piece with a façade made of ivory white bricks. Two of the sides act as filtering layers between the rooms and the inner…

Snow Hotel by 1990 uao

By : Dennis Franklin | 10 Dec 2014 10:21 am | Hotels & Spas

The Snow Hotel in Seoul, South Korea was designed by the 1990 uao architectural practice with an extreme focus on details, starting with the materials, joining and harmony of the whole so that the end product would be highly balanced but with a geometry that seems almost surreal. The flooring has a material that was applied on the walls as well and a part of the walls are connected with the ceiling and floor to reflect on one another and…

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