Archinect - News 2015-03-28T20:12:02-04:00 Chicago's Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel creates an app to better acquaint the guests with the architecture Archinect 2015-03-17T17:51:00-04:00 >2015-03-23T22:36:49-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="300" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>I think our hope is that it will make guests connect to the hotel in a different way by understanding the thoughts of the architect and the designer, who wanted to create more of a community than a typical hotel lobby</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Vacation resort developers help complete Hitler's vision Alexander Walter 2014-12-18T13:33:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T21:51:56-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="353" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Built by the Third Reich in the run-up to World War II, the Strength Through Joy resort was a Nazi vision of tourism&rsquo;s future. Happy, healthy Aryans would stay and play at the 10,000-room complex on the Baltic Sea, eating, swimming and even bowling for the F&uuml;hrer. Think Hitler&rsquo;s Cancun. [...] a group of investors in this seaside town is now doing what the Nazis never could: realizing the site&rsquo;s final stage of transformation into a vacation wonderland.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> Farewell to the Old Okura Alexander Walter 2014-08-15T13:54:00-04:00 >2014-08-18T12:58:25-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="351" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>News of the planned destruction of the Hotel Okura building in Tokyo to make way for a larger 38-story glass tower has brought cries of protest in Japan and elsewhere in the world. Monocle, the wide-ranging global magazine, has started a petition to save the old Okura on behalf of &ldquo;all lovers of modern Japanese architecture.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Monocle's <a href="" target="_blank"></a> petition website is still up, but it seems that the fate of Ol' Okura has been sealed.</p> National Park Service calls development plans a threat to Grand Canyon Alexander Walter 2014-07-09T13:38:00-04:00 >2014-07-10T09:19:04-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Looking eastward from the canyon's popular South Rim, visitors could soon see a hive of construction as workers build restaurants, hotels and shops on a distant mesa on the Navajo Indian reservation. The developers also plan a gondola ride from those attractions to whisk tourists to the canyon floor, where they would stroll along an elevated riverside walkway to a restaurant at the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Spirit of Space interview Jeanne Gang for film on Chicago's historic Shoreland Hotel renovation Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-05-21T13:50:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:55:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="320" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> are known for their emotive, precisely choreographed short films exploring buildings and urban spaces. Their most recent film reports on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Gang</a>'s renovation of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shoreland Hotel</a>, a historic Chicago high-rise on the border of Lake Michigan. SOS's film looks into the guts of the building through renovation until completion, as Jeanne Gang and David Gwinn (Director of Design for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Silliman Group</a>)&nbsp;explain how they sought a balance between contemporary updates and historical mood.</p><p>Watch the film below:</p><p></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SHORELAND</a> from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Spirit of Space</a> on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vimeo</a>.</p> Colossal Bavarian Castle Set To Open In Dalian, China Alexander Walter 2014-05-21T13:47:00-04:00 >2014-05-28T20:02:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Luxury hotel chain Starwood Hotels unveiled the upcoming opening of The Castle Hotel in Dalian, a major seaport city in China&rsquo;s northeastern Liaoning province. This makes it one of the various examples of European-inspired architecture sprouting across China in recent years. Starwood Hotels announced in a press release of the opening of The Castle Hotel later this year, when it is done with its final stages of interior renovation.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chinese secretly copy Austrian town</a></p> Shard becomes London’s ‘eyeful’ tower Alexander Walter 2014-05-12T13:22:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T21:57:42-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="290" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The first guests at western Europe&rsquo;s tallest hotel came expecting unforgettable views &ndash; but may have got more than they bargained for. The bedrooms in Shangri-La&rsquo;s luxury hotel, which opened last week in London&rsquo;s 310m-tall Shard building, come with binoculars so guests can survey the city&rsquo;s landmarks through the floor-to-ceiling windows. But thanks to a quirk in the building&rsquo;s design, some rooms also come with potentially revealing views of other guests.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Miniature Model Behind ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ Archinect 2014-03-03T00:34:00-05:00 >2014-03-03T00:34:17-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="380" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To get a sense of the kind of hotel they wanted, Mr. Stockhausen did extensive research with Mr. Anderson. This included looking at vintage images at the Library of Congress of hotels and European vacation spots. They also looked through hotel archives and studied the architecture of locales like the Grandhotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Graft & penda’s Myrtle Garden Hotel to break ground in Xiangyang, China Justine Testado 2014-02-24T20:49:00-05:00 >2014-02-24T20:49:09-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scenery at The Myrtle Flower Garden in Xiangyang, China will look quite different once the new hillside Myrtle Garden Hotel is built. Designed by graft lab architects and penda as a commission, the wooden haptic-structured hotel is ready to break ground within the next few weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Sneak a peek of the new hotel:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Head over to <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a> for full details.<br><br>You can also click the thumbnails below for more images</p> Vacation at a Fake Shanty Town With Luxury Amenities Archinect 2013-12-02T16:30:00-05:00 >2013-12-04T14:14:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="275" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Are you interested in visiting South Africa? Interested in seeing the real South Africa? Interested in experiencing how the real people live? Interested in tasting the poverty and hardship of life in a shanty town? And&mdash;most importantly&mdash;are you fearful and white? Congratulations! You're a perfect guest for the Shanty Town at Emoya Luxury Hotel and Spa, where, for less than $100 a night, you can get the authentic experience of living in a shanty town&mdash;without the bothersome shanty dwellers.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Stay in a classic dorm at the Bauhaus, tuition-free Archinect 2013-10-11T15:47:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T19:27:54-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Since October 2013, staying at one of the 1920s-style Bauhaus dorm rooms is even more of an experience: One room was accurately reconstructed with original objects and furniture. The rest of the rooms will be personalized to reflect a former habitant, beginning with Alfred Arndt, the couple Albers and Franz Ehrlich.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hotelier, Andre Balazs, to convert JFK’s historic TWA terminal into a hotel and conference center Archinect 2013-09-09T19:55:00-04:00 >2013-09-17T00:12:10-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="294" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Eero Saarinen-designed terminal will be transformed into a hotel and conference center, along with food and beverage offerings, retail space, a spa and fitness center, meeting facilities and a flight museum. &ldquo;It is a great honor to be entrusted with the preservation and revitalization of this masterpiece by my personal architectural hero,&rdquo; said Balazs. He added that he&rsquo;s looking forward to the approval of his final proposal by the PA board, but didn&rsquo;t comment on a specific time frame.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> An Interview with Anouska Hempel, Interior Designer of London's La Suite West Hotel Archinect 2013-06-13T15:04:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:01:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Anouska Hempel is a London-based hotelier and interior designer. Recently, Archinect correspondent, Jill Johnson, had the opportunity to stay at one of Anouska's recent projects, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">La Suite West</a>, a boutique hotel in London, and followed up her stay with a brief conversation about the design.</p> <p> <strong>Can you discuss the balance of architecture, interiors and styling in your work?</strong><br> To manage all the work there are many rules. One cannot be considered without the other however we are a design studio so the vision (beauty) comes first which is complimented by the architecture, followed by the interiors and styling.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>The style in your portfolio seems to range from highly decorative to minimal. How do you define your style?</strong><br> Simply, I don&rsquo;t think one can. I truly enjoy and appreciate a broad spectrum, as demonstrated, but if one had to define it in a word, that would most likely be &ldquo;couture&rdquo;. The style can vary but the quality most definitely cannot!</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <strong>Where did you study design? Whom di...</strong></p> PinkCloud’s Pop-Up Hotel Turns Empty Office Spaces into Temporary Hospitality Spaces Alexander Walter 2013-05-22T17:44:00-04:00 >2013-05-22T18:04:03-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The finalists of the 2013 Radical Innovation in Hospitality competition recently gathered during Hospitality Design Expo in Las Vegas to present their ideas for the next big hotel concept in front of a jury of top industry judges. [...] the Copenhagen-based international architecture collective took home the $10,000 grand prize for its Pop-Up Hotel concept, which utilizes empty Class A office spaces in urban centers, turning them into temporary hospitality spaces.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Polish Scientists and Engineers Put A New Spin On Underwater Living Anna Johnson 2013-02-07T19:43:00-05:00 >2013-02-15T15:23:18-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Scientists and engineers from the Faculty of Ocean Engineering and Ship Technology at Gdansk University in Poland have teamed up with other Polish scientific and R&amp;D institutions to come up with a landmark underwater hotel. The Water Discus Underwater Hotel, as it is called, may not be the first but plans for the Dubai venue call for the biggest site of its kind.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> Winner of the 2012 SLEEP European Hotel Design Award: Hotel Valentiner Hof by noa* Alexander Walter 2013-01-07T15:44:00-05:00 >2013-01-08T08:28:42-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At the annual SLEEP European Hotel Design Awards, the project "Hotel Valentiner Hof" in Castelrotto, Italy was recently named the 2012 winner in the category "Conversion And/Or Extension Of An Existing Hotel Building." Architects of the hotel conversion was the young firm noa*, based in Bolzano in Northern Italy.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tianjin Hotel Entry by HAO / Holm Architecture Office Alexander Walter 2012-12-11T13:22:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:03:10-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish firm HAO / Holm Architecture Office has shared with us its competition entry for a high-end hotel in Tianjin, Northern China.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> North Korea Ryugyong 'Hotel of Doom' may open next year Archinect 2012-11-05T15:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-12T09:22:36-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A delegation from the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Korea, which inspected the building almost 15 years ago, concluded it was beyond repair and its lift shafts crooked. But in 2008 an Egyptian company, Orascom Telecom, which operates a mobile network in North Korea, began equipping the building. Mr Wittwer said the hotel will "partially, probably" open for business next year. But original plans for 3,000 hotel rooms and three revolving restaurants have been greatly scaled back.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Sofitel Water Tower To Host Student Architecture Competition Archinect 2012-10-12T14:24:00-04:00 >2012-10-12T14:27:05-04:00 <img src="" width="365" height="270" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Sofitel is hosting a competition in which thirteen graduate students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will design both an interior and exterior future concept for a fictional Sofitel property in either Helsinki, Finland, Mozambique, or Lima, Peru&mdash;sites varying from an urban center, to an eco-resort to a traditional beach resort.</p></em><br /><br /><p> On Nov. 14, Jean-Paul Viguier, the French architect who designed Chicago's Sofitel, will formally judge each of the SIAC students&rsquo; entries along with the panel of local architects. Winners will be selected for both the best interior and best exterior concepts.</p> Hotels Of The Future: 7 Architectural Stunners On The Horizon Richard Meier & Partners 2012-04-25T11:00:00-04:00 >2012-04-26T15:09:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="360" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;In looking at these designs, I think back and remember that some people predicted the terrorist attacks of 2001 would end our lust for travel,&rdquo; notes Albrecht, who teaches in the decorative arts masters program at Cooper-Hewitt and is currently working on an exhibition of airports&mdash;another architectural hotspot. &ldquo;But today, some ten years later, one of the ur-building types of tourism and globalization&mdash;the hotel&mdash;is alive and well and remains on the cutting-edge of architectural trends.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> The Stunning Repurposed Architecture and Lunar Landscapes of Gotland’s Refined Resort Archinect 2012-04-02T19:55:00-04:00 >2012-04-03T22:26:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="354" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>London-based photographer Peter Guenzel explores the sparse and calming atmosphere of former limestone refinery turned eco hotel, Fabriken Furillen... the minimalist retreat is set amid the area&rsquo;s untrammeled natural beauty featuring rocky coastline, wind-swept pines and glistening sea... founder Johan Hellstr&ouml;m preserved its original infrastructure and recycled local materials such as concrete, limestone and hardwood to build the hotel's 17 rooms.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Real Madrid's Fantasy Island Revealed Orhan Ayyüce 2012-03-22T14:23:00-04:00 >2012-03-24T01:02:56-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Real Madrid Resort Island will be a major tourist and sporting centre of great dimensions and the highest level. This extraordinary complex will attract millions of people looking for quality leisure services.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <em>The resort will be located on the artificial island of Al Marjan in the United Arab Emirates. It will feature sports facilities, a marina, luxury hotels, villas, an amusement park, a club museum and a futuristic 10,000-seat stadium with one side open to the sea.</em></p> <p> Renderings given to the press are described as 'handouts' and no name for the&nbsp;architect&nbsp;is given at this point.</p> Kouvo & Partanen to Design Hotel Residence in Atacama, Chile Alexander Walter 2012-01-17T13:58:00-05:00 >2012-01-17T13:59:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="257" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Finnish architects Kouvo &amp; Partanen have just recently been chosen to design a hotel residence for the astronomers, engineers, and other observatory staff working at ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array. At 2,900 meters above sea level, the hotel residence will be built at the ALMA Operations Support Facility in the Atacama Desert, in the foothills of the Chilean Andes.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A Room for London: London’s most exclusive hotel opens its doors - Telegraph Archinect 2012-01-03T12:45:08-05:00 >2012-01-06T09:46:03-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="322" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Named A Room for London, the accommodation is also an art installation commissioned by Living Architecture and Artangel. Living Architecture is a social enterprise that operates a handful of holiday homes throughout the UK and aims to provide members of the public with the opportunity to experience contemporary architecture at first hand. The Artangel organisation commissions creative projects by contemporary artists.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Shaped like a boat and moored above the Southbank Centre, this one-off, one-bedroom hotel has room for just two guests and is only open for one year.</p> Half moon hotel shows Baku's stellar architectural ambitions Archinect 2011-11-16T08:34:14-05:00 >2011-11-16T08:34:55-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When completed in 2015, Hotel Crescent will stand on the banks of the Caspian Sea, its 33-stories housed in a vast, down-turned crescent. A sister project was proposed called the Full Moon Hotel that would have brought something resembling the Death Star from "Star Wars" to the Caspian coastline.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Winners of the Hotel Liesma Design Ideas Competition Archinect 2011-11-04T19:24:28-04:00 >2011-11-11T05:13:51-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="474" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The winning entries have been published at the international Hotel Liesma Design Ideas Competition for a music-themed upscale hotel in Jurmala, an important leisure and cultural site in the Gulf of Riga, in Latvia. Winner of the First Prize is Portuguese architect Jo&atilde;o Maria de Paiva Ventura Trindade of Lisbon-based VENTURA TRINDADE architects, Ida.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Hotel Liesma Proposal by PRAUD Alexander Walter 2011-10-26T19:47:00-04:00 >2012-10-15T14:36:14-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Boston architects PRAUD have shared with us their entry to the international Hotel Liesma design competition for a music-themed upscale hotel in Jurmala, Latvia. The proposal did not manage to win a prize, but we are happy to publish it. PRAUD's project team included Dongwoo Yim, Rafael Luna, and Emily Ko.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> for PRAUD's Archinect Firm Profile.</p> Frank Lloyd Wright hotel reopens in Iowa Archinect 2011-09-08T13:05:36-04:00 >2011-09-08T13:05:37-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Frank Lloyd Wright's only remaining hotel re-opened in Mason City, Iowa, a little more a century after the iconic, and often controversial, architect designed it.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tour The Futuristic New York Hotel Where A Robot Will Take Your Luggage Archinect 2011-07-07T11:19:17-04:00 >2011-11-24T09:05:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>We loved the futuristic lobby, which is decked in purple neon and stainless steel, and has a robot that stores luggage. It feels more like the inside of a video game than another overstuffed hotel entrance.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 3XN’s Bella Sky Hotel Opens Today as the New Nordic Home Alexander Walter 2011-05-16T16:57:00-04:00 >2012-10-01T15:18:28-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If you're in Copenhagen these days, make sure to swing by the brand-new Bella Sky Hotel in &Oslash;restad which was officially opened today by Danish Minister of Economic and Business Affairs, Brian Mikkelsen and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen, Frank Jensen. Last week, we already posted first photos of the newly completed hotel exterior, today, we can also give you an insight view of what 3XN designed to impress arriving guests as a tasteful and warm Scandinavian home.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>